We are working on opinion writing. Everyone has been writing letters to express their opinion about books; the characters, funny parts, exciting parts.... Everyone is backing up their opinion by giving evidence from the text. We spent Thursday during writing workshop reading our letters to each other. Starting tomorrow everyone will be writing nominations for books using the opinion format.
During Social Studies we have been learning about China. Everyone has done research on pandas and is creating an informational book about pandas using the app Book Creator. I will share the projects at conference time with you.
Wednesday we finished our non-fiction reading unit. We had a celebration of our learning with Mrs. Dow's second grade class. For the celebration everyone presented information they had learned about a self selected topic. There were many steps and lots of learning that lead up to the celebration.
First, everyone self selected a topic from the non-fiction books within the classroom.
Next, they read several books on the same topic, (to become an expert). Then they used sticky notes to mark 3 places that had similar information from 2 books.
After they had to combine the information into sentences or teaching points. Everyone created a poster, drew illustrations, and added labels.
Then everyone practiced giving their presentation to a friend or two.
The last step was the celebration where everyone individually presented their topic to a group of 4 or 5 peers. It was hard work, but everyone did a great job.
Our next reading unit is "Studying Characters and Their Stories".