Listening: My hubs is a gem, that's all I have to say :)
Loving: Now that I have a short break from volleyball, I actually have Sundays free. It is AWESOME!
Thinking: I really should be putting in report grades and comments, packing up my room, and getting the rest of my things ready for our last week.. but I'd rather just enjoy my day with hubs :)
Wanting: Right now I work out in the mornings before school. It works great, but sometimes I have motivation to keep going, or add something on and I just don't have the time. I can't wait until I do!
Needing: 5 MORE DAYS!!! All you bloggers out there who are already done have given me extreme summer fever. I love my kiddos, and I'll miss them DEARLY, but I am ready for summer :)
3 vaca essentials: 1.) I pack a suitcase full of books, like seriously.
2.) Hubs is a must... he's my fav person ;)
3.) I am not usually a huge fan of beer, I'd rather have Diet Coke! But there is something about a cold summer shandy on a hot summer day. Yum!
Next I am linking up with the amazing Collaboration Cuties to share some Mentor Texts to teach writing!!
During Jivey's workshop, I shared my favorite books to teach persuasive writing:
I use the graphic organizer above to introduce what persuasive writing is. Then, we read I Wanna Iguana and discuss ways Alex persuades his mom to get him an Iguana for a pet. We then write letters to our parents to persuade them for an exotic pet. Students have to use at least 3 arguments, and it is a great introduction to lots of fun opinion writing! Students ask me all year if they can write an opinion letter on a topic whenever we have a discussion about something! Click here to download this freebie!
Other picture books I use to teach writing include:
My kiddos love this book every year. After reading it, we talk about descriptive writing. I make students describe "what a book would taste like" (it's great because it's really hard to put into words so it really makes them work!) and then we write how reading books is better. It's a fun one!
This is a great book to teach self-esteem and writing about how we feel. Alice is "TOO TALL." She is 4 inches taller than all the others in her grade. Everyone, including her mom and dad tell her she is too tall. One night, she goes to a dream land where there are other "too tall" girls. This is where she truly finds herself. She learns who she really is, and what is good about that.
I usually read this book in the beginning of the year to teach character education and self-esteem. We write about ways we have felt "inferior" or had low self-esteem and how we can realize the good in everything. It is a great lesson :)
Happy Sunday, y'all! Enjoy your day!