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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Picture Wednesday #21 (Travel Companion)

"Travel Companion"

*This is the twenty-first Wednesday of our year together and that means it is "Picture Wednesday".

*Anytime I use an image with an animal in it, I get wonderful responses.  This image has been used in the past and was always well received.

*There is a lot to think about, and write about, when it comes to this particular photo.  What the heck is going on?

*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
Week #3 - Be Safe -                                          Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #4 - Be Responsible -                              Click Here to see IMAGE
Week #5 - Animal Friendship -                         Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #6 - A Helping Hand -                             Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #7 - A Running Jump -                            Click Here to See IMAGE 
Week #8 - Stand-UP/Unity Day -                      Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #9 - Home Sweet Home -                       Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #10 - Camouflage -                                 Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #11 - Dream Big-                                     Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #12 - Sidewalk Biking -                           Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #13 - HUG -                                             Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #14 - Happy Frog -                                  Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #15 - Hair Dryer -                                    Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #16 - Goodbye 2016/Hello 2017             Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #17 - Ghost Rainbow                               Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #18 - Winter Drive                                   Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #19 - Animal Friends                               Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #20-  The Writing Cabin                          Click Here to See IMAGE

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