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Kdg Comparison Writing

IMG_6826My Kindergarten boys are blowing me away!!  They are working so hard and taking on so much learning every session we meet.  (Our Chicka Chicka tree is almost full–and boy do they let me know if we aren’t working on a new letter and adding letters to our tree!!  We might even need a new tree pretty soon!)

Lately we’ve been working on, yep, you guessed it–All About books!!  This time my boys read All About Snakes and All About Penguins.  I don’t know what it is, but EVERY time I read these books with my kiddos they get super excited about both snakes and penguins.  The All About Series is actually really incredible reading for our students.  They are high interest and have a lot of really great vocabulary choices.

My boys read about snakes and then wrote about snakes.  Then we read about penguins and they wrote about penguins.  After that we re-read both of the stories and made a chart of how they are similar and different.  It was like their minds were blown when they realized all the similarities between the two animals.  There was lots of clapping and high fiving and giggling while we were doing this.  It’s inspiring to see kids so excited about reading, writing, and discussing what we’ve read in books.

After we made our Venn Diagram, the boys had to write one fact about each of the animals to go with our diagram.  What a fun couple of weeks of learning!


EvidenceI’m supposed to conference with my 2nd graders every day, but between Iowa Assessments, field trips, and me being sick, that hasn’t happened very regularly the last couple of weeks.

One of the things I’ve been noticing when I go to visit with my 4 boys is that I’m really struggling to get anything kind of lengthy response from them.  They already have a rubric in their response journals on what a score of 1, 2, 3, and 4 needs to be, yet time after time, I come back to journals that have 2 or 3 sentences in it and are usually I was surprised that….or My favorite part was….

Both my student teacher and myself have modeled what a good reader response should look like and we’re still struggling.

I started using this little sheet called “Show me the evidence!”  I’m hoping that some of these examples of connecting words will help us with their responses when they are working independently in the classroom.

IMG_6100One of the neat things built into our schedule this semester is the opportunity to go into the classroom for 10 minutes each day and conference with students over their reading response journals.  This is a great way for us to connect with students and see if they are applying the skills we are working on in group back into the classroom.

IMG_6101Initially when we (Mr. Brace and myself) went in to conference the students had little in their journals.  In fact, some had nothing at all.  This was a great opportunity for us to go through their book boxes and see what they were picking for independent reading books and see if they were an appropriate fit.

We were (and still are) able to have conversations with students about the books that they are reading.

IMG_6099We have been setting up response questions that we want them to answer, but we are working towards setting them up so they are able to do it more naturally and start writing responses that are more detailed and lengthy than what we’ve been seeing.

We noticed this is difficult for them so we are doing some modeling in groups how a response journal should look and help them write better responses so they can move towards doing them on their own.

Today my 1st graders did something slightly different than what we normally do since I had to shorten groups from 30 minutes each to 20 minutes each due to a meeting.  I read them Meanies’ Night Out by Joy Cowley and kids always love this story because the Meanies are so gross and naughty.

After I finished reading the story, each child had to decide what they would have the Meanies do on a night out.  The students had to attempt to write any of the words they didn’t know on the practice page and then I helped them with those words.

Enjoy some of the responses below!