Bad Blogger…sorry…BATS!

Bad blogger…sorry..BATS!

I know..
It’s been awhile.
Life is BUSY!
We have a 2 week fall break each OCTOBER!
LOVE IT!
But…before you go on vacation:
#1
Parent Conferences
 25 of them this year…23 families came! 🙂
#2
Update, add apps, and LEARN HOW TO USE
25 ipads!  LOTS of PD but no time to practice..
#3
Assess, report cards, pacing guides, and lesson plans
done & ready to go for next quarter!
( While I am conferencing?)
Whenever…
So…sorry I have been “laxidasical”
BUT..
I  AM  BACK!
Hubby & I took a FANTASTIC vacation!
All rested & relaxed..a little sun &  fun…goes  a LONG WAY!
So what am I doing in class?
My new FAVORITE LOVE…
SCHOLASTIC  NEWS!
I have had Scholastic News for a LONG, LONG  time!
But…
Not that we have ipads…
SCHOLASTIC NEWS APP!
OMG!
If you have NOT downloaded the FREE App ( with subscription )
GO DO IT NOW!
My kiddos are SO, SO, SO  engaged!
We read together, discuss facts, they use the vocabulary icons, LOVE the videos…
 Oh be still my heart……and then…
WE  WRITE!
After our WHOLE  CLASS  read,
they choose a partner to read with,
they take notes in their notebooks..partners first..and discuss
(Do I hear “turn & talk”?)
Then we compare notes with other partners..
We discuss our “findings” as a class to clear up any MISCONCEPTIONS.
EXTRA! EXTRA!
With each subscription, you also get..the ARCHIVES!
You can go back 2 years!
For me…
That means they got to read 3..YES, 3…newsletters about BATS!
COMPARE & CONTRAST…WOWZA!
More notetaking…more learning!
Then,
we  plan ( graphic organizers )
 & WRITE!
( Do I hear ANGELS SINGING????)
YES!  WE  WRITE!
They were so engaged..I had to stop the writer’s workshop!
( They MOANED!)
( I KNOW…BUT WE HAD TO GO HOME!)
only to be continued the next day!
They are sooooo  into it!
Finishing up our projects next week!
Sniff…sniff…Makes my little teacher heart HAPPY!
I am NOT receiving ANY money for promoting SCHOLASTIC NEWS!
Just found a little “piece of Heaven” that works for ME!
If you are interested…here you go!
A few snipits from Room 3:
We made BAT folders to hold our BAT WORK! 🙂
BAT Anchor chart…in progress.
Sticky note “notes”..
LOTS of learning going on!
Great week!
Next week??
PUMPKINS!
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