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Opinion Books

IMG_0425My first graders spent the last 2 months working on persuasive/opinion writing in their classroom.  I thought it would be a great partnership between my classroom and their classroom to merge our writing to reflect what they’ve been doing.

I strategically selected books from Reading A to Z that had similar stories, but different enough to form opinions on which book they preferred.  Some books we read to write about were:

  • Shoes Men Wear and Shoes Women Wear
  • Going To The Dentist and Going To The Doctor
  • Bonk’s Camping Trip and Bonk’s Big Splash
  • All About Farms and All About Factories
  • City Animals and Country Animals
  • Rude Robot and Penny the Rude Penguin

IMG_0428We read more than just those books above, but that gives you a general idea of some of the ways we partnered books up to be roughly the same topic but different enough for students to form opinions.  We started by reading both books and then following the OREO format (Opinion, Reasons, Examples, Opinion restated) students picked their favorite book and then had to write about why it was their favorite book.  Each week we would read a new set of books and then write an opinion on one of the books.   We started with their favorite book and then moved to favorite part, then favorite IMG_0431character, then student choice.  Students could also choose to write about their least favorite book, part, or character as well for student choice.

Once we finished our 6 opinion papers, students compiled them into a book order, made a table of contents, and cover page, then we sent the books out to be spiral bound into real books.

The 1st graders then were able to share their books with all the other kids in the classroom before being able to take their books home.  They were so proud of the finished product after 7 weeks of hard work.

Strategies: Comprehension Cubes

IMG_6170Picture 005While Mr. Brace is working with my regular 3rd graders, I am lucky enough to work with a different group of 3rd graders.  Today we read Venus, The Flytrap That Wouldn’t Eat Flies and had a focus on deeper comprehension and facilitating a book discussion group.

If you aren’t familiar with the comprehension cubes that you can get practically anywhere (I got mine from Amazon), you should consider getting them.  There are dice for before, during, and after reading, and the kids go absolutely bananas for them. 

IMG_6172Each student was able to roll the dice and answer the question and then I had the discussion prompt sheet sitting up so students could add on to another student’s answer.  Let me tell you–it got a little heated when students didn’t agree with each other.  This was a great lesson on how we can respectfull disagree with other people in the group.  Everyone is entitled to their opinions and it’s always appreciated if an example from the book can be used to help support your opinion/answer that you share with the group.

Students had a lot of fun reading about a Venus Flytrap that didn’t eat bugs and came up with some great main ideas and author’s message for the story including, “You don’t know what you might like or not like until you try it so you should be willing to try new things.”

The dice were a great way to break the story up into parts and helped to lead our group discussion.  It’s fun when everyone can bring something a little different to the table and we all learn from each other.