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Friday, October 13, 2017

Life Lesson #6 - Be a Friend

"Be a Friend"

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

*One of the biggest messages I try to share with my students is to be a friend to ALL.

*This isn't always easy, but I work very hard to spread this theme/lesson/idea each and every day.  

*The video captures the hearts and imagination of each and every writer.

*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.  

2017/2018 Life Lessons...
Week #1:  Be a Reader                               This Week's Life-Lesson
Week #2:  Be Kind to Others                       This Week's Life-Lesson
Week #3:  Be Safe                                      This Week's Life-Lesson
Week #4:  Be Responsible                          This Week's Life-Lesson
Week #5:  Be Brains                                    This Week's Life-Lesson

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