¡Clubs de los Libros!

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 10.43.13 PMClubs de los Libros! = Book Clubs!  The children started meeting in book clubs last week and it was awesome!  Read more about the book clubs below to learn how we prepared, how our first meetings went and what we are going to change for the next meetings.  Until you get there though, just know that it was F-U-N and engaging for so many kiddos!  Yay for books! 🙂

First off, thanks for being patient and letting me rest Thursday evening and write our classroom post this weekend (even if I forgot about it until a few hours ago – eek!).  As always . . . we did some great things in our classroom last week.   Read on to find out what we’ve been doing in room 203.

  • Conversation Starters
  • Book Clubs
  • Poetry Themes & Anthology
  • Skyping with our Pilot
  • 2 Important Dates
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • What book are you reading for your book club?  How did you select it?  What did you enjoy most about your book club meeting?
  • What has been your favorite part about having an adopted pilot these past few weeks?
  • Tell me some of the themes you have used to write poetry.  Why have you chosen these themes?

Book Clubs: As mentioned above, our first two book club meetings were SUPER.  Rather than me going on an on about the clubs, why don’t I just let you look at what we did and explain the process through photos?  I hope the book club meetings LOOK as great as they really were last week. 🙂

We started off by meeting in the library and having a Read Around.  Mrs. Meihaus reminded us how to "peruse" a book and then we did just that - with TONS of books!  FInally, each child wrote down his/her top  5 choices and were put into a group based on this list.
We started off by meeting in the library and having a Read Around. Mrs. Meihaus reminded us how to “peruse” a book and then we did just that – with TONS of books! FInally, each child wrote down his/her top 5 choices and were put into a group based on this list.
Look at these happy readers during their book club meeting!  It is so much fun when a book can be discussed among several readers.
Look at these happy readers during their book club meeting! It is so much fun when a book can be discussed among several readers.
Here is another group discussing their book during the first book club meeting.
Here is another group discussing their book during the first book club meeting.
We began a debrief with what we liked about the book club meeting.
We began a debrief with what we liked about the book club meeting.
Then, we discussed what we didn't like about the meeting.
Then, we discussed what we didn’t like about the meeting.
After meeting, we debriefed together about what we liked best.
Finally, we talked about what we could change for next time’s book club meeting.

Poetry Themes & Anthology: We are in the midst of writing some incredible poetry that we are going to turn into an anthology for our class.  Before coming up with a topic for our poetry anthology, we brainstormed several possible themes for poems.  We will use many of the themes below as the “heartbeat” of each of our poems.  Then, we discussed possible topics for our anthology and voted on our favorite.  They had QUITE a list, but finally decided that our anthology is going to have poems that are all about summer.  Fun, huh?

Here are many possibly themes for our poets to use in their pieces.
Here are many possible themes our poets want to use in their pieces.

Skyping with our Pilot: We are just about to wrap up our sessions with our adopted pilot, First Commander Smith.  Last week, we listened to him teach us the science behind flight and then had another opportunity to Skype with him while  he was out of town.

During our visit on Monday,
During our visit on Monday, our pilot flew a helicopter in the classroom to model how flight occurs.  If you look REALLY closely, you can see the helicopter to the top, right of the ActivBoard.  Or – just look at what all of the kids are looking at! 🙂
During our Skype session, Mr. Smith showed us some of the pine trees in North Carolina - where he was located during our mystery Skype session.
During our Skype session, Mr. Smith showed us some of the pine trees in North Carolina – where he was located during our mystery Skype session.

2 Important Dates: As a reminder, this Friday is the Spring Sing at Robinson.  This event will take place at 9:15am and there will be standing room only.  In addition, the Fifth Grade Celebration will take place NEXT Thursday, May 29 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm.  Please let us know if you have any questions about either of these events.

A Smile for You!  Let this photo be a reminder of just how sweet and precious kids are – each and every day.  Have a great week!

smiling-kids

 

 

4 thoughts on “¡Clubs de los Libros!

  1. Thank you so much, Ms. Turken, for giving our children many wonderful adventures in learning! Jadyn was telling me all about the Skype session with Mr. Smith, as well as the book club meetings. I’m sure everyone truly benefitted from the “debriefing” process! (I wish we would do this at my company!)

    After reading all of the ideas for the poems, I can’t wait to see what the students produce! Summer here we come!

    Have a fun week!

    Jan Waters

    1. Dear Jan,
      Thank you for another wonderful comment! We love hearing from you.
      I, too, am excited to hear how the poems turn out.
      I will be sure to keep you updated.
      Take care!
      Sincerely,
      Ms. Turken

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