Then we started our nonfiction writing
. Here's my template for the pages included in this book: Turtle Writing Templates. First, the children copied the Turtle Tree Map onto their own chart.
We used this map to plan our writing and build sentences.
Then the children started writing their books. They completed about one page each day. As they worked, I conferred with them to help them edit and revise their writing. They each wrote three to four pages for their books. Most of these samples are from ELL and Junior Kindergarten students. I'm so proud of them for how far they've come!
This is from one of my Junior Kindergarten students. She knew more than I did about turtles! When she told me about how turtles lay eggs with alligator eggs, I had to look it up. And what do you know...she's right! I also love how she added an interactive element to her writing: "How fast can you go?" ADORABLE!
|Turtles are slow and swim.
|Turtles can swim fast. Can you? How fast can you go?
|Turtles lay eggs in alligator eggs.
Early in the year, this ELL/Junior K student spoke little English and knew none of her letters or sounds. You can see most of her writing was copied from the Tree Map, but she also tried to sound out some of the words on her own. She also uses the appropriate conventions of print (capitalization, spacing, and punctuation). Yay!
|Turtles are green and brown.
This ELL student was able to sound out unknown words independently. His illustrations also match his text nicely.
This ELL student also started the year speaking very little English and knowing no letters or sounds. She copied some text, but also tried to sound out many of the words on her own. Wow!
|Turtles are brown and green.
|Turtles can lay eggs in the dirt.
We used post-it notes to label the body parts of a turtle. Students volunteered to be the "turtle" as we labeled the various parts. Then they completed their Turtle Diagrams to add to their turtle books. Then we made some cute turtle covers. The idea for this adorable book cover came from my co-worker, Denise. She always has the cutest ideas! Finally, we published and shared our books!
These are some of the books we read...
Seeking Submissions For Best-Selling Book Series2004-04-12 16:28:33 by erichicken
I have a welcoming opportunity to let you in on. I am helping put together the next Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul. (You know these books, you have seen them on the bestsellers lists and either read them and gotten something good out of them, or possibly scoffed at them and refuse to read them; thats fine I did too
) Look, based on the thousands of letters we get, kids love these books and find inspiration, comfort, and strength from them. So, now you can help our youth and get some money for it. Get published in Teens IV and get a few hundred dollars for it if selected. Wanting to help boost the number of submissions I am opening it up to you all and to anyone else you know who is a good writer
For am, or whomever LOVES to LAUGH2004-12-06 15:50:04 by ctpdc
From Patton Oswalt's blog thingy
On the plane to New York I read Favius Friedmans GREAT HORROR MOVIES. When I was in elementary school I bought a copy of this at one of those Scholastic Book Fairs, where kids were encouraged to dive head-first into the lonely, fuck-free world of reading. I was the first to jump. But instead of buying books like HARRIET THE SPY and HOW TO EAT FRIED WORMS and DILDO THE UNICORN I bought non-fiction, monster-movie shit like GREAT HORROR MOVIES and GREAT MONSTERS OF THE MOVIES (which had this trippy, puke-green-tinted cover of King Kong)
Cloth instead of paper, never pay retail, budget2007-04-06 05:54:21 by e13lorena
I used cloth diapers and washcloths instead of baby wipes when my little one were young. We use cloth napkins, and flannel wipes instead of toilet paper. I use towels and rags instead of paper towels. I don't buy paper plates, cups, or plastic silverware.
I buy store brand items, shop at Aldi's, always shop with a list, buy and stock up when things are on sale, only use coupons on things I'm going to buy anyway and wait for the sale to get it almost free. I take my own canvas bags with me to Meijer for 5 cents back on each one I use, Martins does 3 cents and Aldi's you have to buy bags if you want them, so I use my own