Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Nonfiction Writing & Mother's Day

It’s been a long time since we blogged! So sorry! March and April were full of assessment and data collection so we could turn in our Documentation Logs.

On to more fun things…We recently completed nonfiction research projects. This was a great way to end our reading unit in nonfiction. As a class, we brainstormed nonfiction topic ideas. Next, we voted and narrowed it down to six topics. From there, students wrote down their top three choices and grouped them by interest. Students researched their projects by taking notes onto sticky notes. I used the Sticky Notes Research Project paper from Sarah Cooley at First Grader at Last to help students organize their information.

After a few days of collecting research, students sorted their sticky notes into categories. These became the headings on their posters. 

Before presenting, students made a plan by deciding on who would read each part and practicing.

I also wanted to share that I’m throwing a sale for Teacher Appreciation! My whole store is 20% off. 

I’ve recently added an All About Mom book for Mother’s Day. I modeled it after the All About Books we did in our nonfiction writing unit. Check it out here. 

P.S. I used Catie's Expert Web topic to help the students brainstorm ideas of what to write about Mom.