Thursday, March 29, 2012

Back to School...

Yes!! I was able to go back to work today!  It was actually OK!  Some buds got a few good jokes in, of course. My team pal, V, was awesome!  She helped take my yucky brown poster paper that covered things for STAAR and she took the kids to lunch and brought them back so I wouldn't have to make the trip down!  My dyslexia pal helped with coffee!  I'm so lucky...

The kids were awfully wild today.  I get it...testing was done and it took a lot of their concentration!  But geez, Louise...I had to assign homework just to get them back in the learning mode.

We had a little fun today.  We talked about persuasive texts (not writing!!) and prepared our new lapbooks for our lesson tomorrow.  I love lapbooks!  They seem to be all the rage here in blog-land!  So, I decided to try it with my students. I couldn't afford to use a file folder for each student--it's the end of the year and I don't have that many left!  But...I do have a bunch of 11x20 manilla construction paper packets.  We used those!! They worked very well, I think!!

Instead of printing out material for students to glue into their lapbooks, we made foldables that we are going to complete tomorrow.  We are going to cut the tabs on the red foldable and fill out all of the information!  The blue and green foldables open up to reveal 8 sections!!! Awesomeness!!!  My kids are foldable experts, so they were pretty quick at getting these things together!

Tomorrow I will post the open foldables!  I'm really excited and my kids love the lapbook idea as well!

As we talked about persuasive texts today, I used the example of the abused animals commercial and how it appeals to your emotions.  I told the kids that using emotion helps the charity collect money or donations.  So, that leads me to this quote...

I have never met anyone who wanted to save the world without my financial support.  ~Robert Brault



  1. Those look pretty cool! What exactly are lapbooks? I have heard several people mention them but am not exactly sure what they are.....
    Daisy Days for Learning

  2. So happy round 1 of STAAR is over! My kiddos were acting crazy too!

    The Science Penguin

  3. Jada--my interpretation of a lapbook (and what I told my kids) is that it should remind them of "googling" on a laptop. Everything they want or need to know about persuasive texts should be contained within that lapbook. Not sure if that's correct, but that's my interpretation!