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Writer’s Workshop

Peer Reviews

We continued peer revision, with everyone offering feedback to three more of our young authors. Six more muons need to share and gather feedback, maybe two more classes? Then we will spend some time writing new and improved 2nd drafts!

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Peers

We recorded our completed first drafts on the front page of our writing folder, choose one draft to continue working on, and filled out Peer Response forms to ask for feedback from our peers. Then we did a sample whole group peer revision, which turned into a super interesting discussion on point of view and […]

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Ponds

We started by coloring pond scenes and reading “Over and Under the Pond” by Kate Messner. Then we looked at birds, first building up our vocabulary by doing a group fill-in-the-blanks exercise around the parts of a bird (e.g., crest, throat, wingbars). Next, looking at pictures of different birds, we shared and wrote descriptions. And […]

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Drafts

In addition to time for writing and time for sharing, we talked through the goal of completing 4-6 first drafts of various types of writing, and how, after the winter break, we will work on revising/editing/publishing, which includes some partner work. We also brainstormed some ideas for later in the co-op year…skit/play writing, parodies/poems/songs, trying […]

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Sea Creatures

We started the class by listening to the stories that Anna and CJ wrote about sea turtles. Then we got out a worksheet from the week before to help us remember the ocean zones we learned about. We used light blue, dark blue and black paper to represent the sunlight, twilight and midnight zones. Each […]

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Bingo and Mountains

We began a two-week trudge through the mountains with a raucous game of Bingo! As we read “The Golden Glow” by Benjamin Flouw, the group listened for specific words and crossed them out on their bingo cards. The cards were arranged differently but all used the same words, so everyone could play along together. I […]

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Formatting

Today our mini-lesson was about writing dialogue. We talked about some formatting stuff, like quotation marks and indenting when a new person speaks. We experimented with using words besides “said” & shared examples. Everyone continued working on their plans in their folders, and some writing was shared.

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Sensory

Today our mini-lesson was on including sensory details in our writing. Since it was Halloween, we wrote and shared spooky haunted house descriptions. The examples were so good & almost everyone shared! It was fun.

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Oceans

The neutrons began to look at our world’s oceans today. We looked at a globe and realized that most of our planet is covered with oceans. We labeled a paper about the ocean zones and the types of animals that live in the different zones. We noticed that one of the animals that lives in […]

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Deserts

Having discussed North American deserts last week, this week we expanded our scope to deserts all across the world. We started with the biggest desert of all: Antarctica! We read a book, colored some Antarctic wildlife, and talked about cold deserts. We did a desert-themed word search with some good words (arid! burnoose! dromedary!). Next […]

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