Saturday, March 24, 2012

BBall & Nonfiction Fun

Take a little peek into our week!

In honor of March Madness, we made these super cute basketball players from Teri at A Cupcake for the Teacher.

Can you guess where I live? Carolina Country!  There are a few Duke players in there as well as a few NC State Players. There is one Clemson Player.  This student just couldn't accept that they weren't even in the tournament.  

Speaking of March Madness, has any one else's Bracket been completely destroyed?  Two of my final four are already out, dangit Florida St and Michigan St.  Not to mention, I took Michigan St to the championship game. Oh and don't even get me started about Duke or Missouri. 

Disclaimer: I am not really a huge college basketball fan, but Mark talked me into having a bracket in his pool.  I think it was just to get my 10 dollars and so I wouldn't whine about watching the games. haha. 

So anyway, in Reading Workshop we have put our chapter books on the back burner (not completely away of course) and dove into the exciting world of nonfiction! My kiddos LOVE reading nonfiction, well when they get to choose the topic! 

We started by reviewing the difference between fiction and nonfiction. 
I found this chart idea from Pinterest of course!  I couldn't find the original for some reason! Poo!  It was definitely cuter than mine.  We listed the differences together.  Then, each student wrote the names of fiction genres and books on one post-it, and nonfiction genres and topics on another post-it note.  I really liked adding the post its to make it a tad more interactive. 

I am using these awesome nonfiction text feature posters that I got from the Lesson Plan SOS.  
Aren't they so cute?! I have seen some adorable nonfiction features charts on Pinterest, but I ended up just using these instead.  We learned about all of these features back in October, but I really felt we needed to spend some time reviewing.

 We spent the bulk of the week talking about ways to understand, organize and utilize the nonfiction texts that we read. I loved this Box and Bullet Strategy from Lucy Calkins.  It's a great way to organize the information that they read during workshop. 
The student used the heading from the nonfiction book and then put three important facts under the three bullets.  What a great skill that they will be able to use for a long time! 

This shows what a crazy week I had, I didn't take any pictures of our math lessons or spring activities!  Not too mention, I am starting to get a little stressed out about that big test coming up in May.  I have so much material I still need to cover.  Then I have some things I need to reteach.  I almost feel like the fun has been sucked out of my classroom.  Not completely, maybe more like a slow leak.  Hopefully I can throw some more of the fun back in there this week.  I started to write a sentence complaining about the need for Spring Break, but I stopped! :)  

Here's to hoping that next week will be a little on the calmer side.  Ha. Who am I kidding?  

Oh, be sure to stop by and check out this fun Spring Linky Party! There are som great resources already linked up!


  1. I love the basketball players! Thanks for the shout-out!!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  2. Awesome resources. I will be coming back here often! I am your newest follower! Come check us out at 3 Teacher Chicks

    Thanks! Amy

  3. Super cute basketball players! I'm in Carolina Country, too! My hubby is on cloud 9 since basketball is on all month long... I know the big test is coming; best of luck to you keeping your class fun as you prepare. I'm your newest follower. :)

    Hello Mrs Sykes

  4. Hey lovely!! I just wanted to let you know I blogged about your latest freebie :) I hope you know your products are amazing and I wish you such success (not that you need it!)


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