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Monday, October 31, 2011

Day 52- Happy Halloween!

It's finally here! The day my students have waited for for at least a month now.... Halloween! The writing prompt during TIER II time was on what students liked about Halloween, we had a mini discussion during calendar time about Halloween. We even had a special visitor, just in time for Halloween!

Our Assistant Principal, Mrs. Overton, came to school today as... Goldilocks. Yes, as in Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. Have I mentioned lately how much I love our Administration?

Teachers were able to sign up for times to have Goldilocks come visit their classrooms and share her story. Even better than a guest reader, Goldilocks came with her own writing extension activity that was specifically geared toward that specific grade level. LOVE IT!

In case you missed it, you can watch the video HERE! (My camera acted up a little in the beginning, so I missed the first 2 pages. Sorry!) My class combined with Ms. Leahy's.

At the end, Goldilocks shared the writing prompt- After Goldilocks escaped out of the Bears' window, she came across the 3 Little Pigs' houses. Should she go in? 

We went back to our classroom and made a chart of what we knew about the Goldilocks story, and what we thought about her going into the Pigs' houses.

After discussing Goldie's behavior in the Bears' home, most of my students decided that she should not go in, because she doesn't know how to behave herself. I was impressed with the students that went out on a limb and said she should go in. One student mentioned that the Pigs should let her come in to save her from the Wolf. I just love when my students make connections!

The best part of the Goldilocks writing prompt? Two students from my class and Ms. Leahy's class will have their work chosen as the best and.... those students will get a pizza party! Talk about incentive!

My students have time to finish their writings, but they will have more time tomorrow. I'll keep you posted as to who won the pizza party!

Our math lesson from today was a little tricky, so I am posting a mini math lesson in a separate blog to try to explain what is going on. What I'm noticing is that my students need more work with manipulatives. We actually stopped our math lesson in the middle because I could tell my students were reaching their frustration level. Tomorrow will be better because I'm coming prepared with more manipulatives!

Pictures from literacy centers today:

 Read, Build, Write mats. This week we are using the transportation cards.

** Special Surprise!!** As an added bonus, because it's Halloween, I found another special guest to be a Guest Reader! You'll have to check out THIS POST  to see who it is!!

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