We Have An Opinion!

images-1We have begun a new writing unit called ‘Persuasive Writing of All Kinds’ – this is unit 4 and one of the last units for the year.

The basic principle behind this writing unit is to encourage children that what they write can make the world better!

The three key points to beginning this writing are:

Writers….

1. See a problem

2. Think about how to solve the problem

3. Write!

So far the children have been learning to state an opinion on something, for example – which one is better….ice cream or cake?  They write their reasons why and share out – this is opinion writing.

The next step which we started today was to learn about persuasive writing – so persuading people why their idea is better.

Each child thought of a problem in the class or at home, they had to write the problem and then write the reasons persuading the reader why this problem is a problem!!

Some problems that are being solved are….

– people chewing their hair

– people picking their nose

– people talking when the teacher is talking

– younger siblings snatching the ipad

……..and the list goes on.

Eventually we will explore various ways writers can convince a person to change their opinion, such as…

– writing a sign

– writing a letter

– writing a song

– writing a list

– writing a petition

Encourage your child at home to share their opinion on various topics and practise giving the reasons why their opinion is better or how they could persuade you to think differently!

NOTE: The first piece of opinion writing has been shared on each child’s QR code – hear their opinions on a topic they chose!  (this was a partner activity).

I know…so I can teach you!

This week we began a new writing unit based on ‘How-To’ books.

We have been writing many books based on a variety of writing genres and now we added to the list with ‘How-To’ writing.

We began by brainstorming all the things we are really good at and could teach someone else how to do.

We sketched and made notes on sticky notes and placed on a large chart (see below).

Next we began exploring sequencing and putting thing in order, learning new language, exploring various “How-To” books….

Later this week we begin writing our own ‘How-To’ book based on one of our ideas….keep a look out for these!!

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Lounging in the Literacy Lounge

Last week we had a wonderful opportunity to enjoy ‘lounging’ in a ‘literacy lounge’ that our librarian Mrs Livingston and parent volunteers put together!

The children thought this space was “amazing”, “wow”, “so cool” and IMMEDIATELY settled in and read their fellow students writing!  Writing that ranged from kindergarten to grade 5 level.

Thank you Mrs Livingston from KC class – we loved this space and reading amazing examples of writing!

Click on the photo to see us in the literacy lounge…

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Collaborative Stories

We went to the parade with our friend dragon and we sat below the moon and then we saw a horse that was sad so we asked the horse why are you sad and then we gave a big gift to the horse that was a chopsticks, a firecrackers, a fortune cookie, a characters, a lantern, a envelope, a fan, a money, a dance. Serenity, Rory, Rachelle

We went to the parade with our friend dragon and we sat below the moon and then we saw a horse that was sad so we asked the horse why are you sad and then we gave a big gift to the horse that was a chopsticks, a firecrackers, a fortune cookie, a characters, a lantern, a envelope, a fan, a money, a dance.
Serenity, Rory, Rachelle

We worked in small groups to write a rebus story using pictorial words from Chinese New Year.  We are complex thinkers, collaborators & writers!

 

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I like dragon dance.
I can have money.
I like to buy the lantern.
I like to get a gift.
We will go to the moon with my horse.
Amara, Joy, Sacha, Hyeonche

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I like to scare the dragon with firecrackers when we have money, when it is the moon and I like to taste oranges and we like to parade. I want to open the fortune cookies. I want to ride a horse. The end.
Edoardo, Pacome, Hyukjin

 

 

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I like parades and play with dragon dance. I eat oranges and use chopsticks. I gave a gift to the horse and I see the moon. I share the money and gave to envelope. I sunny day use a fan. I go to cymbals and fortune cookie and lantern.
Sophia, Chaewon, Seojun

 

 

True Stories!

In writers workshop we have been learning so many things including how to make our stories come ‘alive’.  To do this we have begun learning how to ensure how story has the following elements…

We also have begun experimenting with adding speech bubbles to give the characters in our stories a voice and expression.  Here are we are learning how to do this…

Evergreen Park & Collaboration

During our visit to Evergreen Park we took sooooooo many photos that we had to decide how we would present what we saw.  During this past week we have been working in our same Evergreen Park field trip groups, to create a slide presentation of photos.

To do this we are using an app call Haiku Deck.  Here we in the middle of the process….

Using the criteria we had to decide as a group which photos to use and then using our literacy skills write and re-read our word or caption to go along with the picture.

Please stay on HIGH ALERT  for these presentations soon!

Tweet, tweetered, twittered…we are in KC!!

“boy this bird is fast”

Up until this week I have been writing tweets on behalf of the class but this week we started with the children taking over their twitter account.

We explored our class account this week discussing what twitter actually means, does and how we can use it to further our learning and / or showcase what we are learning.

We looked a some other classes around the world and the children immediately identified some twitter avatars that appealed to them and quickly applied their own names…

“there is the penguin class”

“hey, that’s the tiger class”

“its a crayon class”

We wrote some tweets together, responded to some tweets, asked some questions and generally learned and became excited about using twitter.

What was noticed early on is how instant and ‘just in time’ twitter can be for them as one boy noticed that we had just sent a tweet and then we received a reply almost instantly…his comment

“boy that bird is fast”

 

How does it look in KC…

Children are in small groups when they tweet and this is usually during writers workshop.  They follow the same principles as they would if they were writing on paper.

1. They have to think of an idea about what to write

2. They have to decide who the audience will be

3. They have to share their idea with their writing partner

4. They have to write a draft copy of their tweet – as it would be written on twitter (including # and @)

5. They have to use best guess spelling, phonics, writing conventions, dictionaries, word walls when writing their tweet

6. They have to proof read their tweet to make sure it makes sense

7. They decide if they can add a photo to make the tweet more interesting

8. They publish….they write their tweet on the iPad in twitter, adding photos if needed (a whole other learning experience – how to take a photo on the iPad!!)

9. Before they press tweet, they read it again and share with their partner

10. Press tweet!

The children are immensely proud to write tweets, often receiving replies, other people ‘favoriting’ their tweets and generally getting instant feedback about what they have written.  It increases their love of writing – they want to write and love to share their ideas!

What they also love is the sound of “tweet” when a tweet comes in – often calling out excitedly “someone is tweeting us” – leading onto building their reading skills and a love for reading what others are tweeting them!!

The learning possibilities and connections are ENDLESS!!!

See below for some visuals of the process…

Twitter…are you following us yet?

So if you didn’t know we use twitter in KC!!  Follow this link to find out how it works….as it is going to launched and become a part of the regular writers workshop programme in the next 2 weeks and then for the remainder of the year.

Parents: Are you following us yet???  We want to tweet you and you can also see the great stuff we will be tweeting and learning about as well!!

Follow us @KC5101

http://share.sis.org.cn/chamley/2013/01/18/twitter-in-kc-how-and-why/

If you would rather just observe (initially) what we are tweeting see this post about following us via ‘Flipboard’.

http://share.sis.org.cn/chamley/2013/02/04/follow-kc-sis-on-flipboard-heres-how/

 

Amazing writers!

Writers workshop was launched in our class about 2 weeks ago and the progress between then and now has been fantastic!!  Amazing writers are busy following these steps to create wonderful stories…and then adding more!!!

We have also looked at illustrations and how these tell a story too with the emphasis on careful coloring, using a variety of colors and adding details to our pictures.

See the anchor charts we review often to help us stay focused and a sneak peak sample of our writing in progress!!

Writers Workshop is launched!

So we have begun writing!!  Our writers workshop program was launched this week.  The main focus in these early days is to build a love for writing and establish appropriate writing routines.  Together we learned to follow the steps of:

1. Think

2. List ideas

3. Share idea

4. Draw and write

5. Share writing

So KC authors are in the making!!