Author Study

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Grace Lin is coming to visit my school next Monday!  Very exciting!  In preparation for her visit, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders have been doing an author study.  We have read many of Grace Lin’s books, such as Lissy’s Friends, Dim Sum for Everyone, Olvina Swims.We have been documenting our learning on a collaborative poster:  After we read books, I asked students what characters we met or if they noticed anything we should add to the poster.  I wrote their ideas on sticky notes and added them to the poster.  Students could add anything they wanted to the poster on their own – questions, comments, characters, drawings, origami, facts we learned.  I think the kids did a great job!  Here … Continued

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The Dot

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I love the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds.  At my school, I have both the book and the ebook through Tumblebooks.  I saw few projects on Pinterest which I combined for a second grade Dot project.  One Pinterest picture I saw was a really cute bulletin board of student-made dots, originally from Framed in Swirly Gold.   Then I saw these instructions for window treatments.  I thought it would be fun to combine the two ideas and hang dots all over my library.   I cut out 4×4 squares of computer paper for the Dot drawings.  Then I cut 6×6 squares from construction paper for “frames”.  As students finished their dots, they would pick a frame color.  We taped … Continued

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