I’m here to share a great lesson we did on expanding your thoughts and writing long off post-its. Before that, I want to share a quick update about my latest creation! My kids have been going crazy over my Halloween-Themed Coordinate Graph Mystery Pictures (see more HERE), so I thought I’d make a Thanksgiving version!
So many people have told me how much their kids love these, and I know my kids do as well! I will be creating them for all holidays, so stay tuned! For now, click HERE or the button below to check them out!
I have now differentiated each of my holiday Coordinate Graphing Mystery Pictures! There are three different versions of each pictures for students to complete. Every student in your class can be working on the same picture, but at their level! Check them out!
I started this lesson by referring back to our anchor chart about stopping and jotting down thoughts we may have as we read. We created this anchor chart together earlier in the week.
I reminded them of all of the ways they could think about their books and encouraged them to not be limited to only those ideas. I then handed out three sticky notes to each student and read aloud the book Owl Moon. As I read the story aloud, I encouraged students to stop and jot their thinking, but then also modeled this for students throughout my read aloud in a softer “thinking voice”. You can see my sticky notes below.
Look at all that thinking! After a few days of practicing this strategy, we took it a step further and talked about stretching or expanding your thinking off of a post-it note. I modeled this by using the sticky notes I had created when reading Owl Moon.
Now, as you can see, my sticky notes are pretty involved. For teaching/modeling purposes I wrote a few things on one sticky note. But, as you can see, the purpose of the lesson is to get students to write about their thinking. By using this quick and easy “stop and jot” method, students are given help with their own notes.
To encourage students to expand on their thinking and reflect on their reading, I created this easy document to slip into students’ reading binders. It contains a box to stick their sticky notes and lines to the side to expand upon that individual sticky note. Click HERE to grab this freebie.