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Monday, June 17, 2013

Washi Notebooks

I wanted to share a quick project I did with my class today. We called them Washi notebooks :)

This is what you need:
- Notebooks
- Mod Podge
- Brushes
- White construction paper
- Washi tape

Step 1: Mod Podge the cover of the notebook. I used mini notebooks, but you can easily use regular composition notebooks.
Step 2: We used white construction paper to cover all the words from the cover. I knew the tape would notcover the words, so we were ready to add a white background. Mod Podge over the construction paper. Let it dry.
Step 3- Use the washi tape to cover the construction paper.
Step 4- Trim the edges and tada! Your Washi notebook is all done :)

Any washi tape lovers out there? Hope you get inspired and begin creating :)

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Retelling Wands

The last two weeks, the kids and I did our last review on retelling fiction and nonfiction. I knew I was about to start doing running records and I needed one more change to drill teach these in a different way.
My five leveled groups had two books: one fiction and one nonfiction. The kids met in groups and read with a buddy. We described, defined and retold each element orally and in writing.

We reviewed every single fiction and nonfiction element of the story. 
My students used my latest product, and loved it :)
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60 pages:circles to create your wands, full page posters (colored background) , half way posters (using less ink), and all the retelling in writing forms.
Turn a paint stick + paint spray + Velcro into a wand. 
Use when your students are Reading to Someone (and checking for understanding), retelling during a running record or retelling in writing. 

 Retelling in writing.

I had to try something different and this seemed to do the trick for most of them. They were asked to offer evidence from their text and I was so happy when I saw the results.  

I'd love to hear your thoughts. What do you do with the kiddos who do not get author's message?

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