Thursday, July 11, 2013

Throw Back Thursday Linky--Back to School

Today I'm linking up with The First Grade Parade for Throw Back Thursday!   With the beginning of school right around the corner, I thought it was time to start thinking about Back to School Night.  Here is a post from September 28, 2012.  Enjoy!  :)

Back to School Night 
Last night was Back to School Night for my school.  Of course this time is designed to make sure our parents are "in the know" about what happens in the fifth grade.   We do a PowerPoint and go over the EXTREMELY condensed version of the curriculum, upcoming field trips, what's expected of them, etc. Blah, blah, blah.  This is also a great time for our kids to showcase their work.  I always make sure that the hallway is decked out and there is something on their desks that they are proud of to share with their parents.  Here are a couple of projects we show off:
Shades of summer: In Writer's Workshop the kids write at least two paragraphs about what they did this summer.  They publish their work and then make these awesome faces to go along with the writing.  They draw  pictures representing the writing in the shades.  Quite funny!

Mrs. Hager's Fifth Graders Are Starting Off on the Right Foot:  The right foot is traced and then they draw their foot just like they see it.  The kids do a nametag glyph to go under each of their right feet. 

Bio Poems and Silouettes:  The students create their Bio Poems and then make thier own silouettes.  We did this activity when I was younger.  This is when I realized that I had no chin from the profile view!  lol

Paper Class: My favorite part of Back to School Night is the fake class. You let the kids trace each other onto bulletin board paper (or you trace them yourself), then you let them design themselves. When finished you tape them up in their seats so that when the parents walk in they see a class full of fake kids. It cracks me up every year!! The parents love it, but even more...the kids love it. Here are a couple of my faves from the 5th grade:

What great ideas do you have for Back to School Night??? 

Friday, July 5, 2013

Mother Lode of Creative Writing Prompts

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July!  I spent the day yesterday procrastinating from unpacking, painting, and cleaning.  The good news?  I found some incredible sites for writing!  My kids in the past have always been more interested in my writing lessons that have been centered around images.  I decided to do a google search to find some interesting pictures that they could write from and I came across the mother lode!!!

 If you don't know about Luke Neff already, you MUST click here.  His writing prompts are A-mazing!  They are geared to the upper grades, but I can completely see some higher fourth graders or any fifth graders digging these prompts. For you younger grade teachers, I can see you getting some good ideas and adapting them to meet the needs of your kids.  I spent hours yesterday going through his archived prompts.  Again...A-mazing!  I will definitely be using some of them next year in my writing block!  If you are overwhelmed by the amount of writing prompts at my link above, here is a list of Luke's "most tried and true" writing prompts he uses.  If you have the time though, it's worth going through the others as well.  Of course, some of the prompts are way too difficult and/or not appropriate for the younger students, so use your best judgment! :) 

In one of Luke's posts, he mentions Karen Hallion.  She has these really cool images of different Disney characters in front of a booth of some sort, among other things.  Click here for her cool images that could really stimulate some creative writing!  Here, here, here, here are other sites I found with good pictures to write about. 

And wait...what about video writing prompts?  Check out this great writing prompt from Teacher Hub.  Click here for Teacher Hub's complete list of video writing prompts.  Here is a Pinterest page with a bunch of video prompts (most of which are from Teacher Hub). 

Now if this post doesn't keep you busy for hours....well...then you're nothing like me.  LOL  I was sucked in for HOOOOUUUURRRRS!! 

Write on.