Reading with Our KinderBuddies

Each week on F day we read with our KinderBuddies.  KinderBuddies are Kindergarteners.


Room 231 students, please write a reflection post about reading with your kinderbuddy by this Friday.  You could talk about why it’s an important thing to do, what you are learning by doing it and what you think your kinderbuddy might be getting out of this activity.

The photos taken today are uploaded to flickr already.  Find your kinderbuddy photo and copy and paste the code into your blog post.  Remember we have 4 embedding image experts in the class if you forget how to embed the image.  There’s this tutorial below too if you are working on this at home and get stuck!

Wise Words from Mr McGuire

Room 231 bloggers ……..

Read this post by Mr McGuire. The Reading Workshop: How To Grade Student Blogs

He’s a teacher of students that blog just like you do.  He raises some very good points about posting cleanly on your blog.

Click this link to read his post about PUGS!

We are going to use Mr McGuire’s blogging rubric called Stairs Steps to Success to help us improve our blog posts.

Character Unit – Final Project Details

We are nearing the end of our character unit.  As part of your assessment in this unit you will complete some tasks.  Read your choices below and make your selections.

As part of your project, you must submit the following:

•    Title page for your project (include the title of book, author, your name)

•    Character Evaluation (see attached sheet. You may use this the way it is, or you may take the 10 boxes on the sheet and change the presentation to something more creative and that will have more space for you to write)

•    In books we read, often a character goes through a change.  Create a page, dividing it in half.  Draw or find a picture of an important character from your novel.  On one half, the picture should show how the character was before he/she changed, and on the other half, the picture should show the ‘after’.  Underneath, write a paragraph explaining how your character changed—inside and out!  Be as creative as you wish—you may use speech bubbles, symbols and anything else you can think of!

Choose 2 items from the following tasks to hand in:
Remember, be as creative as you wish! You don’t have to hand in the exact sheet you choose from.   Use technology, colored paper, art techniques…whatever!

•    An Interview with…
•    Scrapbook Delight
•    What’s Your View?
•    Magazine Cover
•    Journal Entry

Due Dates:
Compulsory Tasks:  Thursday 29 October 2009
Choice Tasks:            Monday 2 November 2009

If you have any questions, you can leave them as a comment on this post.  Happy October Break everyone – see you in a week!

Readers in Room 231 – Check This Out!

I just came across this little gem of a site (thanks to our fabulous Miss Tara in the Learning Hub). It’s called What Should I Read Next?

Let me tell you a little about it …….. it’s a huge database that allows you to type in a book you like and get a list of others similar to it.  How cool is that?  Especially if there’s a book that you have really enjoyed!  I thought I’d give it a whirl with Sahara Special by Esme Raji Codell, since we all enjoyed that story as our read-aloud so much.  Here’s what I got for a result.

What Should I Read Next?

You can register on the site so that you can get more accurate suggestions, add more books you’ve loved to your list and you’ll be helping to build and improve the database as well.  I was quite impressed with the suggestions if offered – what do you think?
One think I did notice is you have to be very accurate with the spelling of the title and the author’s name otherwise you get a Error 500 Internal Server Error message.  (So type carefully!!)  Remember our focus habit – accuracy and precision.  It’s especially helpful for typing in URLs.

While I was checking the spelling of Saraha Special’s author, I came across this website all about Esme Raji Codell.  There’s this particular page call Frequently Asked Questions for Esme Raji Codell, Author of Sahara Special. Keep scrolling down and reading all the questions because there’s a really good question there that asks Esme for any advice for aspiring young writers (which we all are in Room 231!!).  There’s some really good advice there!

Let me know what you think about  What Should I Read Next? and Frequently Asked Questions for Esme Raji Codell in the comments below – or better still, write your own blog post and link back to this one!

Happy Reading Room 231!