|My well loved and often read copy!|
The first thing we had to do was actually create our notebooks . . . and create them to be personal, special places where students would want to record their ideas. A week earlier, I sent a note home to families with suggestions for things to send . . . scrapbook paper, stickers, family photos, magazine pictures, and so on. This week the big day arrived where we got to decorate! I always have a ton of extra supplies, and 5 minutes after the directions were given (including, believe it or not, to keep the supplies organized) this is what I saw.
|Sorry so blurry . . . I think I was in shock at the carnage created so quickly. Genius comes at a price, right? Sigh.|
So the students got to work and cut and created and glued and laughed and shared . . .
|Pop star crazy already in fourth grade. . . sigh.|
As you can see, they had a blast! The next step is for me to cover the covers with contact paper so they stay nice--I'll show my technique in my next post! I think I'm going to try to rope one of my parent helper wannabes into helping because it IS tedious! :)
And then it was time to get to work! One thing that Buckner stresses is finding ways to help students generate ideas, and over two days we practiced two--writing from a list and writing from a word. Watch for tomorrow's post where I explain a little more clearly what these entailed! It feels good to be starting to get into routines--my class definitely needs structure so we are ready to establish our writing "norms"! Happy Friday, everyone!