Over the last few weeks, we've been working on growing our reading and writing stamina. We've also begun to think beyond our stories through read-alouds, turn and talks, and partner reading.
Mrs. Belanger, our new Assistant Principal at SMS, came into our classroom to read the story Going Places by Peter and Paul Reynolds. During the story, she asked us to think about how we could work together to create new ideas and collaborate to make our work even better. We loved seeing how two brains could be better than one!
The giraffes continued to do an amazing job talking about and sharing stories when we began partner reading at the end of our Reader's Workshop. Everyone was focused on their partners and they were all very flexible when it came to taking turns reading and sharing the stories from their book bins!
In order to help us generate ideas for our small moment stories, all of the giraffes were asked to bring in pictures of the people, places, and things they love most. On Thursday, we used those pictures to decorate our writing folders, which we will use throughout the year to inspire our writing.
We loved seeing everyone's folders once they were complete. Many of us were able to make several connections over the pictures we had! We will continue to grow our literacy lens as we begin to dive deeper into our reading and writing, and we can't wait to see where our new literacy skills will take us in second grade and beyond!