A Year of Awesome - Week 8

Wait a minute... WEEK 8?! How can the year be flying by so quickly?! As quickly as it is going there are lots of awesome things going on in Mrs. Beattie's Classroom!

Now that I've had several weeks to observe my students' writing skills (and habits!) I was able to begin working with them today to set some more formal personal writing goals.

Moving from grade 5 to primary last year was extremely eye-opening for me. In the past, my students came to me with the basics (usually!) and I was able to focus on the content and style of what they write. In the primary grades, I realize there are so many layers to writing tasks that the job is huge for these little ones. Not only do they need to come up with good ideas for writing, but they also need to remember to form their letters correctly, put spaces between their words, capitalize, use punctuation... phew! That is a LOT of work!

I have all these little parts posted as part of our required success criteria for writing so the students can refer to them whenever they are writing. To keep track of which skill each child is working on, I have each of the children place a post-it note with their name on the appropriate poster. This makes it SO easy for me and the students to keep track of what everyone is working on! AWESOME!

My Writing Goals Monitoring Chart is available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. I am always happy to customize either the clip art images or the goals themselves - don't hesitate to drop me a message if you're interested!

Our CAFE board is growing!!
Daily reading conferences are going extremely well, and I'm working with students to set personalized reading goals. My literacy block is rocking and that is AWESOME!

I'm far too tired for a whole detailed post today, but I'll give you a sneak peek at some things I'll soon share in a post about our reading time!
I am pausing my celebrations today out of respect for the soldier who was senselessly killed in my nation's capital, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, and with everyone in Ottawa who experienced the horror of today.
Today we spent some time reflecting on our recent problem-solving activities by building our T.A.C.K. board! During my Guided Math time I've had the opportunity to observe all of my students closely in small groups as they tackled an addition word problem. I now have a great sense of their skills and know exactly where to go from here. You can read more about my T.A.C.K. board HERE and HERE. Specifically tailored to the Ontario curriculum, it is a great way to display mathematics learning goals and success criteria, but could also be modified for other classrooms! AWESOME!

What a spectacularly beautiful day here in Eastern Ontario! The sun was shining and the temperature crept up to almost 19 degrees Celsius! Despite the unseasonably warm temperatures, things were all fall in Mrs. Beattie's Classroom! Let the Halloween fun begin!

We had an art period today and I decided to break out an old favorite - Halloween Ghosts. The kids were NOT disappointed... they loved it! I used the ghost templates at this site. I printed them on card stock and let the kids choose which ghost, or combination of ghosts, they'd like to use. They cut their chosen design out, colored around the perimeter of the shape with a piece of white chalk, placed the outline on top of a sheet of black construction paper, then wiped the chalk from the ghost to the black paper using a finger. After layering and repeating the result is ghostly fun!

This art activity is perfect for small hands, requires few supplies, and there is little clean up afterward! AWESOME!

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  1. Hello,
    Would you mind sharing the program you use for your CAFE confer session? It looks like a wonderful way to keep your guided reading organized. Thanks

    1. Hi Brenda!
      It is the Cafe Conferring Pensieve - I'll be writing about it as soon as I get some other commitments out of the way. You can find more info here: http://www.ccpensieve.com/features.php



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