*Today was our first "life lesson" Thursday in which we wrote in our writer's notebooks.
*Each Thursday I share with my students a video clip featuring a variety of "life lessons" in which I want to instill in my learners.
*The lesson begins with showing the video to the group of writers.
*We then talk about the video as a group. I show it a second time so we can observe anything that we may have missed during the first viewing.
*My fourth graders then record their ideas and thoughts in their notebook.
*They can write about the video, what it reminds them of, what connections they may have, and/or anything in their own life that relates to the video.
*The class spends about 5-10 minutes thinking and writing.
*Toward the end of the lesson, a few of the writers will volunteer if they want to share what they wrote. The class then gives a complement, a positive comment, or asks a question about their writing.