This is simply what I believe so PLEASE don't think I'm trying to preach to all you awesome teachers because I'm NOT. I just like having an outlet to share as I grow and learn. =)
and now....Our Character Book Club Cycle! We read Kathy's Reading For Real, which is all about Book Clubs. If you haven't picked it up, I HIGHLY recommend it! Then you can see how the things I'm saying are basically being repeated! hahaha!
So, Ms. Ewing came in and did a cycle of character book clubs. I had done a non-fiction cycle before, so they knew the drill when she came. She had a great layout of mini lessons and focused on inferring- because character studies lend themselves naturally to inferring. She tucked in the comprehension strategies into these units of study- instead of teaching a whole unit on one strategy.
Here are some photos of the journey....
Mini Lesson Shots...
Choosing A Character To StudyTalking about characters!
Ms. Ewing gettin' her conferring on =)
Teaching Share (last step of the workshop)
Every Unit of Study ends with a CELEBRATION!
Cookies and Juice...and A Character Study Clue Game!
Keep those balloons in your lap!
And the class favorite character is....TACKY THE PENGUIN!
Fine. You have 5 minutes before specials to get the urge to play with balloons OUT! =)