August 2014 - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom
Well, what's new? I'm late to the party at the beginning of the school year. :-P I know you all feel my pain, so I don't feel so bad about it. ;o)
We are in full swing with our interactive notebooks! I am using activities from a few different notebooks, including Nicole Shelby's Reading Notebook. This week, one thing we worked on was finding the main idea.
Finding the main idea with Ideas by Jivey
We used some articles from The Sweetest Thing about Native Americans (our current social studies topic) to practice finding the main idea.
Practice finding the main ideas using The Sweetest Thing about Native Americans with Ideas by Jivey
These articles are fabulous because they include five different passages written on three different levels. I can give all of my students the same information, but on their reading level! She has several packs of SS/ELA integrated articles in her store. Make sure to check them out!
We also worked on inferring this week. Erin from Lovin Lit has some really fun ideas in her notebook products that integrate videos into your lessons. I've been using some things from her Grades 2-3 Literature Notebook (yes even though I'm 4th, it's still totally appropriate) and her idea of using "In Summer" from Frozen was a huge hit with my kiddos!
Integrate video into your lessons with Ideas by Jivey

Making Inferences using Nicole's notebook with Ideas by JiveyMaking Inferences using Nicole's notebook with Ideas by Jivey
(The title at the top is from Nicole's notebook)
We have been taking interactive notes on our Native American tribes. (For more information about what this is, read here!)
Interactive notes on our Native American tribes with Ideas by Jivey
Some sad news this week at Jivey's house... Timmy had to have surgery on his knee and he is just pitiful!
Timmy in a cast with Ideas by Jivey
He has figured out how to get around now with it (and he totally looks like a pirate with a peg leg) but you can tell it definitely bothers him. Poor pup!!!
I love a good deal, don't you? I ordered a few things from Twice this week and I was so excited when they arrived! We had Curriculum Night this week, and I wore this blue Calvin Klein dress:
Shopping from Twice with Ideas by Jivey
I love the ruffle!

I also got this shirt- it's a New York and Co brand shirt that still had the tags on it! 
Shopping from Twice with Ideas by Jivey

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you all have a great weekend! :o)

Happy Friday! Whew, what a week!! You with me?? Here's what I was up to this week...
I've been working on getting all of our workshops set up and rolling! I got this goodie during the TPT B2S sale - I have been using Math Workshop for several years, but I loved that this had foldables to go with my set-up!
Math workshop with Ideas by Jivey
Foldables with Ideas by Jivey
We also started working on building our reading stamina this week. My kids are up to 13 minutes! :o)
Freebie Reading Stamina Poster with Ideas by Jivey     Launching Reading Workshop with Ideas by Jivey
You can grab this freebie poster here! It's also included in my Launching Reading Workshop Pack!

I always start Writing Workshop by having the students collect some good seed ideas. I found a book that I used to use in 3rd grade (...that I had totally forgotten about!!! Do you do that, too?) and the kids loved it!
Collecting good seed ideas with Ideas by Jivey
It is seriously the cutest book! Click here to buy it on Amazon!
Collecting good seed ideas with Ideas by Jivey
I had my students make 12 boxes in their notebook, and after reading each page, I had the students write down a time they felt the same way as the girl!
Collecting good seed ideas with Ideas by Jivey
These will make great stories later! :o)
I was actually able to get in a few mini-lessons this week! One of them excited my kids SO very much. I like to show Pixar short films in reading for comprehension strategies... after all... they are just visual stories! We watched Partly Cloudy and used Lovin Lit's awesome summarizing flapbook from her Interactive Reading Literature Notebook to practice "Who, Wanted, But, So, Then."
Lovin Lit's flapbook from her Interactive Reading Literature Notebook  with Ideas by Jivey
I was a good kid when I was in school (no, really!), but the only thing I ever got in trouble for was talking... I think sometimes my classes are my payback for that. :-P
With Ideas by Jivey
I'll leave you with this little funny. I certainly have a couple of these kiddos this year...! :o)

I LOVE a good piece of literature, don't you?? And I REALLY wish that I could just read all day long, but I can't... because there just isn't enough time! (Can I get an AMEN?) So instead, I maximize my time with my favorite texts by using them several times for several subjects!

I'll start with reading since that's usually where we think of using a good book. We do not use a basal reader at my school. I know there are many of you out there that love your basal, but for me, it doesn't fit in with how I like to teach. There are definitely some good stories in the basal, and I see some benefits in all of the students having the same text in front of them... but I want my students diving into texts that are on their level to become better readers. This is why I use guided reading - to teach my students skills on their level. I have small sets of different leveled books in my classroom, and my school also has a fabulous book room of sets for small groups!

Of course, that does NOT mean I don't ever teach whole group. This is where mentor texts come in. I use a Reading Workshop Model in my classroom (read more about that here). I start with a mini-lesson that teaches them how to demonstrate one of our common core standards; during my mini-lesson, I get to use those fabulous books that I love. At some point in my day (usually on Monday because I like to use a book for an entire week), I read the mentor text to my students. Since this is the first time they are hearing the book, I generally read it just for the purpose of entertainment. Then, when it's time for my reading mini-lesson, I refer back to the book- sometimes just reading a few pages of it to focus on a skill. This helps to keep my mini-lesson "mini." I often use a graphic organizer to help guide their thinking. It also allows for an "I Do, We Do, You Do" lesson- I can start the graphic organizer with them, then they can help suggest something to add to it, and finally they can finish it on their own. Of course, then they'll also be able to use that graphic organizer with their own book to show their thinking!

Now, reading is over...but I'm not done using that text! That author got published for a reason, you know... usually because they show awesome craft and skill in their writing! Don't you want students to notice that as they read? I know I do! I use my mentor texts for grammar and writing through the use of mentor sentences. Haven't heard of mentor sentences? Read more about them here! I want my students to recognize what good writers do, and then incorporate those skills into their own writing. For 10-15 minutes each day at the start of writing time, we look at a mentor sentence that was taken from the mentor text we are reading that week. We notice all the wonderful things about it, we figure out patterns in parts of speech, we revise the sentence, and we imitate the author in our writing- all over the course of the week. I also like to use the theme of the mentor text for an on-demand writing prompt. (If we read Enemy Pie, for example, which is all about being a good friend and making friends, I might give them a writing prompt that week that asks them to describe ways they are a good friend.)

Writing is over......... but I'm usually STILL not done with the text! I love finding books that I can also incorporate in with science and social studies! There are so many great historical and science fiction texts out there. Now I can use that SAME mentor text to pull out information that the students need to know during science and social studies time, too! You can find a great example of this in a freebie I have listed on TPT:
Better than Basal Free Unit with Ideas by Jivey
This freebie uses the mentor text, The Wretched Stone by Chris Van Allsburg. There are so many fabulous skills that can be taught with this book in reading and writing, and it also lends itself well to exploration in social studies! (This freebie does not include the mentor sentence lessons for the book- it does include the reading lessons and the writing prompt.)

If you like the freebie and want more, I have also created a pack of FORTY of my favorite mentor texts to use in the classroom with over 100 graphic organizers WITH answer keys!
Favorite Mentor Texts with Answer Keys Freebie with Ideas by Jivey
There is ALSO a nonfiction companion mini-set!
Freebie Complete No Prep Mini Unit Lessons Using Mentor Texts with Ideas by Jivey
These forty texts are all of the same texts for which I have created mentor sentence units, too!
Mentor Sentence Units for Froty Texts with Ideas by Jivey
And...if you're like me and want more bang for your buck, you can pick up ALL of the mentor sentence units, interactive language arts notebook activities, and the Better Than Basal 40 book unit in the BIGGEST & BEST Mentor Sentence Unit Bundle, which will save you $20!

I hope this helps you "see" how to incorporate mentor texts into your classroom! For more ideas on using great books across the curriculum, check out my friends' blog, Amanda and Stacia at Collaboration Cuties!
They have a Must Read Mentor Text Linky and a tab of all the past link-ups so you can get even more ideas of how to use the same book in many areas!

I am sure you aren't surprised my Five For Friday didn't make it up ON Friday... After the first week back in school, I was POOPED!!! I spent a lot of time this week making sure my students understand the importance of community in our classroom. Here are a few things we did!
We have one rule in my classroom:
with Ideas by Jivey
I love to introduce this rule with these two books:
Golden Rule Book with Ideas by Jivey
Do Unto Otters Book  with Ideas by Jivey
We use these books to help us make lists of things we will do in our classroom to demonstrate The Golden Rule- and these lists stay posted in the room all year.
I ran across this book on Amazon in my suggested titles...
This book is one of my new favorites! It went PERFECTLY with The Golden Rule and also led to great conversations about bullying and how to handle it. Lucy is a unique little girl who is getting picked on by a boy named Ralph. My kids suggested very quickly as we read the book that Ralph is probably mean because he was sad on the inside (he was sitting alone on the bus while Lucy and her friend sat together talking and laughing). I was impressed! Poor Lucy was having a hard time sleeping and eating because the boy was being such a bully, and she was afraid of being a tattletale. Lucy did a good job in the book of using her words, but it didn't work... We talked about when we should tell an adult, and when we should try to work it out on our own. In the end, she followed The Golden Rule, even though it was really hard to do so. This was the perfect book to show that we don't just treat our friends the way we want to be treated, but we treat EVERYONE that way.
This was the perfect time to pull out my THINK poster from "It's Cool to be Kind!" (a freebie in my store!)
Freebie Poster with Ideas by Jivey
Freebie Poster with Ideas by Jivey
Another major lesson to build community is to learn to work as a team. I love Fearless 5th Grade's Saving Fred activity, so we did it again this year! The students must get a life preserver (Gummy Saver) out from under a capsized boat (a cup) and around Fred (a gummy worm) WITHOUT touching anything with their fingers! They are only allowed to use paper clips, and they can't impale Fred!
Building Community Lesson Fearless 5th Grade's Saving Fred Activity with Ideas by Jivey
They also can't drop Fred in the ocean (on the desk).
Building Community Lesson Fearless 5th Grade's Saving Fred Activity with Ideas by Jivey
To be successful, EVERY student must participate- otherwise the gummy saver doesn't get stretched enough and Fred gets dropped. Last year, I only had half of my class successfully save Fred. They broke the gummy savers, they drowned Fred (dropped him too many times)... but this year, EVERY group saved Fred! I was so excited! I hope this is a sign it will be great year of working together and getting along! :o)

Since this is such a fun motivator for students to work as a team, I'm also going to link this up with my BBB, Joanne!
Lastly, we set goals for this year using The Helpful Counselor's SMART Goals!
Smart Goals with Ideas by Jivey
(I was going to share some of my students' goal sheets with you, but I didn't get a chance to get pictures because we had horrible storms yesterday afternoon and I had to get home before it got really bad! I will update the post on Monday when I can get some pictures.)

This is a great way to help students set goals because they understand all of the parts to actually achieve their goal! I highly recommend it.

I hope you all had an excellent week! I know lots of you aren't back to school yet, so maybe this gives you some good ideas of things to try! :)

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