Cats, Magnets, Gooney Bird, and Visualizing

Today was Wacky Wednesday day for Dr. Seuss....I don't have any pictures to show you because my project for this day is going to take a while...They are writing their own books!! In our disctrict and school, we have what we call Young Authors. And so our school makes has each class have at least 2 students write a book. So, I just do the whole class and pick out the best ones. So, today, we started planning for it using a Flow Map, which helps us stay in sequence!

But here are some pictures from our response to literature writing activity we did. We used my Cat in the Hat bubble map to describe the Cat. They came up with answers like helpful, messy, adventurous, silly, funny, etc. As long as they could defend their answer with reasonable proof from the story, I let them use it.

Then they wrote about it. They HAD to use TWO examples from the story of why they used that as his character trait. This is a SUPER hard skill, so I only made them write 3 sentences. Usually, they write WAY more.

And I used the pattern from Erica's Seuss unit that I got a while ago....
The hall is coming together!
We have our Cats and our Feet measurement (my Habitats for Sale is still up, but oh well! ha!)

Tomorrow is Green Eggs and Ham day...yum! Just made it!!

We also did more with magnets. This was kind of a spur of the moment experiment. We started off doing Christina's magnet flippy book, and then I got an idea to take it further.

We made a flap-foldable and on the top of each flap, they wrote the type of cup. We used plastic, Styrofoam, and glass jar. They had to make a prediction whether or not the magnet would lift the paper clip out of the cup or jar.

You can see the foldable in the next two pictures...I was really surprised that the magnet still lifted through the Styrofoam cup!

AND through this THICK glass jar.


And lastly, last night I finished my Gooney Bird Greene Activities!

It's 16 pages and Includes:
Writing Activity using Gooney Bird's Writing Tips
How ______ Got his/her name activity
Comparing Gooney Bird's stories, with writing extension
Visualizing using excerpts from the book.
Art craft with origami stars
It's $1 at my stores


I want to share with you one of my favorite things to do (it's in my Gooney Bird Pack)'s a visualizing activity.

You only see this much of the student on the paper, and they draw in their hair and eye color and whathaveyou. They draw what they visualize from an excerpt that you give them, or from a book as a whole. I've done this in so many ways - Lit cirlces, writing activities, read alouds, etc. Click the pic to download.

Ok, I'm off to the couch to veg for the rest of the night! Maybe I'll start up the dinosaur laptop and do some blog stalking too :)

Hope y'all had a Wonderful Wednesday!


Journey of a Substitute Teacher (Ms. T) said...

Cute ideas!

I always blogstalk and catch up on blogs at night!

Journey of a Substitute Teacher

Tammy said...

I LOVE Gooney my kiddos do too!!!

First Grade @ Klinger Cafe

Lori said...

Love your Cat in the Hats! I appreciate how hard your students worked to provide evidence of the character traits they picked! So great!
Conversations in Literacy

Traci Clausen said...

I love the "What I visualize" guy/gal. My kids will go gaga over it. Thanks.
Dragonflies in First

Cjonfessions of a Fourth Grade Teacher said...

Awesome ideas! Thanks for sharing!


Kristin said...

Loving the visualizing sheet -- so cool!!!!!
A Teeny Tiny Teacher

The Daily Alphabet said...

I like it! I'm glad I found your blog!

The Daily Alphabet

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