Collaborative Elements of Fiction

I may have been MIA from the blogging world for a little bit, but how can you blame me with these two handsomes in my world???
Goodness, I love my boys!

...okay...end bragging session here!

We've been working hard are the elements of fiction...see my previous post....

So for our final project, each first grader wrote an opinion piece about their favorite version of Cinderella.  Then, I grouped them by the version they chose.  The groups worked together to make a story map about their Cinderella to present to our class.


  1. No fun doing all that testing! At least you had an intern to keep things moving in the classroom. I always feel like so much teaching time is lost doing all the assessments, but I can't teach without them either. :) Your son is adorable! Love his smile. Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. You have a beautiful family! And your animal unit looks fun!

    Crayons and Whimsy

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  4. I am loving your math mysteries and so are my kids. They perservere even when they are having a hard time. You mentioned you are doing them on dry erase boards. Are you doing them whole class or individually? My little ones are having a really hard time with the missing addend problems. They just automatically start adding the two numbers ( or subtracting one from the other). I guess this is normal?

    1. Yes, it is! It also has a lot to do with number sets. For example, if I give them numbers close together like 9, wants 10. Many more of mine can figure that out. The farther the numbers are apart, the harder it is and more liking that more will just add the numbers.

      Yes we did dry erase boards whole group that's how we practice before our quarterly tests.

      Keep trying the missing addends. The light bulb will come on. I also try to work them in in daily routines. Like, we earn letters to spell a character word as a whole group reward. So we will look at that each afternoon and say, "now we have 7 letters. We need 10 letters to finish our word and earn extra recess. How many more letters do we need to earn." And they always seem more successful at that.

      Glad you all are enjoying them. Keep plugging at the hard ones. They get better.

  5. Thank you! We will definitely keep working! They are definitely engaged with these, even when they are totally off the right track :)!


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