We started a new book called "Diamond Willow." It has diamond shaped poems for the story. They are also hidden verse poems. It is about a girl named Willow who is named after a stick found in Alaska. She is trying to save Roxy her sled dog getting put to sleep after an accident.
We made our own quilt drawing our favorite fairy tale. Then Mrs. Linstad ironed them onto a large piece of material and we outlined using glitter glue.
We got to make our own Jolly Postman book story. Today we got to look at other people's stories and versions.
We read "The Emperor's New Clothes" and then we created an invoice on what new clothes the Emperor bought. We started with $1000 and then we tried to spend all of his money on clothes, jewelry, electronics, and groceries.
We did plays based on fairy tales of The Golden Goose and Little Red Riding Hood. First graders came and watched our dress rehearsal and after that we had parents and grandparents came to watch our performances. Afterwards they came to read our journal writes and see our work on fairy tales.
The whole class did fairy tale centers. There were 15 centers we had to complete and we had two weeks to complete them. Some people were fast and some were slower. We had fun reading fractured fairy tales, madlibs, read articles that compared a fairy tale to a real life situation. The final activity will be turning a drawing of our favorite fairy tale into a really cool quilt.
We worked on finishing up our fairy tale stations. We had to complete 10 starred stations to get C and then could earn more by doing at least 14 stations.
We acted out plays and then had our parents come to the classroom to see our fairy tale station work.
In the Jolly Postman activity we wrote a thank you note, a letter, a postcard, an advertisement, an invitation and an invoice for different fairy tale characters. We are going to put them in envelopes, which we learned how to address correctly, and put them into a book. Each of us will have our own version of the Jolly Postman.
We started ISAT tests this week. Everyone tried hard to do their best on them. We took 3 reading, 3 math, and 2 science tests.
We started a poetry project in language this week. We have written four different types of poems this week. We wrote acrostic (alphabet), concrete poems (shape poems), free verse (non-rhyming), and bio-poems.
We are following the Iditarod race in Alaska. Each student chose a different musher to follow in the race. We are tracking their progress on the classroom wall and Taylor's person is in the lead.