I did get a new student today (birthday present from my principal). I also woke up with a migraine. They did not arrive together. I'm assuming the migraine is the result of the two math meetings we had this week. The new student is darling and I'm excited to have her in our class!
During reader's workshop time in our room, we are working on summarizing, describing our favorite part of the story in pictures/words and identifying the main idea. Earlier this week, we read The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown. It might be illegal to read a scarecrow book after Halloween, but I don't follow that rule (or the blogging only 1 time a day rule or the white shoes/pants/Labor Day old lady rule thing).
After we read the story, each student wrote about their favorite part on a sticky note. We shared our "sticky thoughts" with a partner and then added them to our "Reading is Thinking" chart for the whole class to read and enjoy.
The next day, we reread the same book to work on the main idea of the story. I have a big fat file of main idea graphic organizers, but the one below is one that I made a while ago to encourage my students to think, write and talk about the things we read. You can click on the image below if you'd like to download a copy.
I'm off to eat something yummy (and horrible for me). Happy Birthday, to me!