Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Gettin' a little help from my bloggy friends!

This week we are doing all things poetry related!  I'm not gonna lie... I was supposed to teach poetry a few weeks ago and I totally decided to skip it for the time being.  I needed grades desperately and I am HORRIBLE at grading writing (Any pointers?!)  So, we kicked it off in full swing on Monday {now that I am finished collecting grades for this 6 weeks ;)}!  

I really wanted to make some little froggies, so I decided to gear our cinquain poetry that way.  We read several books about frogs, did a few cinquains together, and then they got to work!  We used Cara's cinquain ideas to get us going :)

You can find the frog pattern in this unit on TPT.




 We also worked on list poetry (thanks to Cara, once again!)  We observed clouds for about 15-20 minutes while they got their poems started, then went inside to wrap things up!

Here are some other things I'll be doing thanks to my fellow bloggy friends...

During math, we are finishing up multiplication and reviewing different concepts that we've learned throughout the year.  I'm use Denise's Math Magic for review, and they are GREAT!  Thanks, Denise!

And, I can't wait to do these "I am" Poems from One Extra Degree.  Super cute!

Hope you all have a fantastic week!  


12 comments:

FirstGradeBlueSkies (Jennifer) said...

Cute!
Jennifer
First Grade Blue SKies

diditeach said...

LOVE the froggy eyes, too cute ! I find grading their writing very challenging too....

Corinna Gandara said...

I love the frog poems!! Great idea. I know it's very difficult to grade writing, especially poetry. I feel that if they tried then it's good!! Lol, doesn't quite work for standards based grades;)
Aloha,
Corinna
Surfin' Through Second

Sarah Paul said...

Adorable frog poems! I need to start poetry this week too, but I've been procrastinating because I've always been a little intimidated by poetry.
I just posted a rubric I use for writing. Those help me with my grading for writing. Hope that helps!
Sarah
Sarah's First Grade Snippets

April Walker said...

How do you create all your creativity templates? Do you hand draw them or make them with a program or find clipart?

April Walker said...

Was trying to say craftivity templates

Sprinkle Teaching Magic (Sheila) said...

Those eyes and curly tongues are too much fun! Your kids used some great describing words in their writing. Impressive! Cara's units are amazing! As are yours!

Sheila

Sprinkle Teaching Magic

EmBellish said...

I LOVE the frogs!
Tangled with Teaching

Lori said...

Love cinquain poems! Your froggies turned out cute!
Lori
Conversations in Literacy

Amanda said...

Thanks for the shout out! :) Your frogs and sharks are super cute!

Aimee said...

I love the frogs! We are doing poetry these next few weeks as well. I don't think there is an easy way to grade writing. I've tried a million different rubrics (or so it seems) and they are never quite right. Sigh.

Aimee
Primarily Speaking

Tara said...

I love your ideas! They are super cute and my kiddos LOVE them. One of my students asks me every day, "Are we doing a craftivity today?!?!" haha
As for grading writing, I always put something in my rubrics about handwriting and overall neatness, I also grade for spelling and grammar and from there I go straight from the directions I gave (brainstorm a list of topics, start each line with a verb, etc.) It's hard, but it helps me keep an objective eye. :)
I don't know what writing program you use, but Step Up To Writing has some good overall rubrics I use for non-poem type writings.