In Writing Workshop, we learned about how pictures help authors tell the story. In fact, pictures can tell their own stories, even without words. No one was better in doing that than the American artist Norman Rockwell. We looked at several of his paintings and talked through what could be the story. We paid attention to the setting and the character/s faces. Knowing how the character is feeling is important in understanding the story. We made personal connections to the paintings we looked at today. Ask me to tell you a story about the pictures below by Norman Rockwell.
I'm just about finished with our reading testing. I'll start the Maryland test as soon as I can so we can get the testing out of the way and get a more normal schedule! I'm hoping to start calling reading groups next week, but there will be some days when not all groups are called due to testing. I'm so anxious to get started with our reading groups!
I meant to send home Read to Me, Talk to Me books today, but we had a bumpy afternoon. Some of the children are having a hard time "collaborating" and are not trying to solve their problems without yelling out students' names. We will work on strategies for working out problems in more peaceful ways. It's all part of learning to be part of a group! I will send the books home next Tuesday, although they will usually come home on Wednesday and be due on Tuesday, but since we have a day off on Wednesday, we will send them a day early.
Have a nice evening!