*This is the sixth Thursday of our school year together and that means it is "Life Lesson" Thursday.
*Many of the conversations we have in our classroom is about being ourselves and having the courage to to reach for our dreams.
*I recently found this video clip while browsing YouTube and thought it would be perfect for a life lesson Thursday.
*Each Thursday I share a short video clip with my writers. The clip has some type of "lesson" I want to share and teach my fourth graders.
*I set aside time during each day for us to work in our writer's notebooks.
*We talk about what types of writing we can do in the notebook. Here are some of the possibilities...
-What we notice in the video
-What we wonder about
-Connections we have to the video
-Thoughts, feeling, emotions about the video clip
-Reminders we have from the lesson/message
-Create a fiction story about the video
*Once the video is shared with the writers, we spend a few minutes "talking" about what we observed.
*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 writing and slowly add time to the 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 video we watched and wrote about.
*If there is time, I sometimes share the video clip with my class at the end of the writer's notebook time.
Life Lessons for 2016-2017…