November 07, 2013

Things teachers get excited about...

So we've started our third Reading Response letter. It's based on the book called Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting. The boys and girls received their feedback letters from their second RRL (The Lotus Seed, also by E.B).

We've talked a lot lately about the word implement. Students know that when I ask them to "implement the feedback you've been given", they have an important responsibility on their plates.  

I'm excited to read these next RRLs for two reasons: first, I love this book because it poses so many opportunities for thick, juicy questions and second, I love seeing how kids have used my feedback to improve their work. It's exciting to watch this all come together.  

I'll send home the entire Writer's Notebook (it's a binder actually) in the next week or so and you can have a look through all the interesting things we've worked on. There's not a ton of stuff, I'm a quality versus quantity kinda gal, but it's good stuff. Really good.  

After this RRL, we'll move on to more creative type stuff. We're right on track in terms of where I like to be this time of year, so that pleases me even more.  


  1. Just finished Wonder. My Mom had to stop reading because she could not stop crying such a GOOD book. :)

    1. JC, I'm so, so happy you liked it! When I read it to you guys, I read a "Grade 3" version. I'm so glad you've read it now on your own. Give Mom a hug and a Kleenex from me!
      PS-it was fun chatting with you guys at recess today! :)

  2. Jack is not exaggerating, he had to take over reading for me as I just broke down. I have never been more emotionally connected to a book in my life, and I am a huge reader. I can not thank you enough for introducing that book to us. And it is definitely something that an adult should read too or with a child, because it opens up so many important conversations. Phew. I am still overwhelmed but I will miss that book. Have a wonderful Friday and weekend Mrs. M!

  3. I know what you mean Mrs. C, read it myself and couldn't put it down. It has such an important message. I read a more age-appropriate version to the kids last year (just skipped over some of the 'big kid' content) and it was still a very powerful book. When we finished it, we all agreed we'd miss it too. I think I'll read it to the class again this year.
    Thank you for your comment!



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