Fourth Grade Journey

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Life Lesson #15 (Be Giving)


"Be Giving"

*This is the fifteenth Thursday of our school year together and that means it is "Life Lesson" Thursday.

*I probably have said it about other "life lessons", but this one is one of my most favorite ones.

*It takes awhile, and several views, for my fourth graders to truly understand what is happening in the "story", but once they get it, they really GET IT!  

*I love this story, hope it is based on truth, but even if it isn't, the message is one that I carry on a daily basis.    

*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…          

Week #1 - Be Brains -                                                Click Here for Week #1 Lesson
Week #2 - Be Kind to Others -                                   Click Here for Week #2 Lesson      
Week #3 - Be Safe -                                                   Click Here for Week #3 Lesson
Week #4 - Be Responsible -                                       Click Here for Week #4 Lesson
Week #5 - Be a Friend -                                             Click Here for Week #5 Lesson   
Week #6 - Be Courageous -                                       Click Here for Week #6 Lesson
Week #7 - Be Life Changing -                                    Click Here for Week #7 Lesson
Week #8 - Be Spooky -                                              Click Here for Week #8 Lesson
Week #9 - Be Kind -                                                   Click Here for Week #9 Lesson
Week #10 - Be Courageous (To Continue On) -      Click Here for Week #10 Lesson
Week #11 - Be Motivated -                                       Click Here for Week #11 Lesson
Week #12 - Be Inspired -                                          Click Here for Week #12 Lesson
Week #13 - Be Merry -                                              Click Here for Week #13 Lesson
Week #14 - Be a Team -                                            Click Here for Week #14 Lesson

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