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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Picture Wednesday #3 (Be Safe)

"Be Safe"

*This is the third Wednesday of our school year together and that means it is "Picture Wednesday".

*Our school is using the PBIS model this year and are focusing on Be Kind, Be Safe, and Be Responsible.  I wanted to tie our writing into our Be Safe conversations, but do it in a fun/silly way.

*I set aside time during each day for us to work in our writer's notebooks. 

*Each Wednesday I feature a photograph, image, or graphic.  My goal is to have my writers do some thinking, reflecting, and writing about the image.

*We talk about what types of writing we can do in the notebook.  Here are some of the possibilities...

-What we notice in the image
-What we wonder about
-Connections we have to the picture
-Thoughts, feeling, emotions about the visual
-Reminders we have from the image
-Create a fiction story about the picture

*Once the image is revealed to the writers, we spend a few minutes "talking" about what we see.

*My writers set up their HEADING in the notebook and we get busy writing.

*During the start-up of the year, I have my students write for about five minutes.  We slowly build our stamina for writers and slowly add time to our writing block. 

*At the end of the individual writing time, we call on a few volunteers to share their actual writing and/or further thoughts about the visual in front of us.

Our Images from 2016-2017... 
Week #1 - Back to School - Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #2 - Be Kind to Others -  Click Here to See IMAGE

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