Monday, September 24, 2012

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We started the school year with a unit on pattern books.  We chose this first unit to get our young first graders back into the habit of writing every day.  We find that our children can write easily and fluently when they are thinking of patterns. It is also the type of books that children typically are reading when they come into first grade.  Below are some of the artifacts and translations for the books above that we featured on our standard-based bulletin board.

About Pattern Books
For the past four weeks our students have been reading and writing pattern books.  Pattern book is not a genre or literary term but a way to talk about the books that our youngest authors write.  A pattern book has a predictable structure with repetitive language.  Understanding pattern books helps a reader predict text.

This unit was four weeks long. The expectation is that all students complete at least one simple pattern book.  Many children finished several pattern books with different patterns and many details. The children have been exposed to many different patterns.  They have also recognized patterns in their own reading and have placed the pattern books they find while reading in the teacher’s chair so that they can be read to the class.  However, they found many more pattern books than we could ever read!

The conventions we expect this time of year (spacing between words, starting with a capital letter, ending with punctuation, sounding out words to write the letters, using the word wall) are practiced daily in the homework and during daily Skills Block.  When children write their stories in Writers’ Workshop they are practicing and applying the skills that they have learned earlier in the day.

The pattern books on the board and hanging under each child’s name represent some of the many patterns that the children have tried using.  They have used their mentor authors from the pattern books they have read to create many interesting pattern books in many different genres.  Enjoy and delight in these adorable examples of the books our children have written!

At Chets Creek

It is Math Workshop at Chets Creek, at Chets Creek.
It is Science time at Chets Creek, at Chets Creek.
It is lunch time at Chets Creek, at Chets Creek.
It is Physical Education at Chets Creek, at Chets Creek.
It is Skills Block at Chets Creek, at Chets Creek.
It is Readers’ at Chets Creek, at Chets Creek.
It is Writers’  at Chets Creek, at Chets Creek.
                                                 It is recess.  Yay recess!

Orientation and Context
This student establishes her topic with a cover page and a title, At Chets Creek, which is also her repeating line.

She uses the pattern phrase, It is ___ at Chets, Creek, at Chets Creek.  The idea for the repeating line comes from a favorite class mentor text, Down on the Farm She stays on topic throughout her book.

This student changes up the pattern with a delightful little twist at the end,  It is recess. Yay recess!

Wonderful illustrations provide detail to the text.  She even labels many of the items in her pictures.

On the back cover of her book, this student gives the reader a vocabulary lesson, modeled after the vocabulary activities we do in class.  Hi. I am H... and I am going to teach you the word Physical Education.  That word is for PE.  You exercise.  What does the word mean?

 This student's work is easy to read.  She uses spaces between words and spells sight words correctly.  She spells unknown words phonetically, such as fichuckulijuckashin for Physical Education!  After an editing conference she changed the beginning letter of each page to a capital and added periods at the end of each sentence.

This student is such a delight to have in a Writers’ Workshop.  She is eager to try new patterns each day and loves writing.  She loves to read her work to an adult and would love to have a conference every single day!  She easily revises and edits her work when given suggestions.
I Said
I said, “Let’s go to Disney World.” Mom said, “Okay.”
I said, “Let’s go to Adventure Landing.” Mom said, “Okay.”
I said, “Let’s go to school.” Mom said, “Okay.”
I said, “Can I go to the store?” Mom said, “Okay.”
I said, “Let’s go to the manatees.” Mom said, “Okay.”
I said, “Let’s go to beach.” Mom said, “Okay.”
I said, “Let’s go to the aquarium.” Mom said, “Okay.”
I said, “Can I go play on your computer?” Mom said, “No!”

Orientation and Context
This student orients the reader with a cover page and a title for her pattern book, I Said.

She uses the back and forth pattern of I said… and then Mom said… She stays with her pattern throughout her book.

There is a delightful little twist at the end of the book.  Instead of always saying, “Okay” to whatever the author asks, on the last page, Mom says,  No!”

This student is quite the artist.  Her detailed illustrations are a wonderful compliment to her text.
After a conference she easily added “talking marks” (quotation marks) for the words that were actually said by the author and Mom.

This student’s work is easy for an adult to read.  She spells all of the sight words that have been introduced correctly. One of her next lessons will be to spell the word said correctly before she develops a pattern of spelling it incorrectly.  She segments words that are unknown to her and spells them phonetically such as ckunpoodoer for computer.  She adds periods appropriately and is ready to work on question marks.

Although this student is new to the Writers’ Workshop, she has eagerly taken in the lessons and used them in her writing.  She is quiet and rarely asks for a conference but readily uses suggestions when they are offered by an adult.
On Monday, I went to the circus because funny things happen.
On Tuesday, I went to the zoo because there are lots of animals.
On Wednesday, I went to the beach because I can swim forward in
       the water.
And on Thursday, I just stayed home and took a rest because I felt
       very tired.
On Friday, I went to the farm because I wanted to see all the farm
On Saturday, I went to Epcot and bought a book named, “Duffy, the
       Disney Bear.” It was lovely.
On Sunday, I went to the Magic Kingdom and in the night I watched
       a show at the castle.
I like vacations because they are fun!

Orientation and Context

This student introduces Vacations! as the title of her pattern book.


We have read many “days of the week” pattern books including the very familiar The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and Cookie’s Week.  This student adapted this sequential pattern, On Monday… On Tuesday… for her pattern book about vacations.


After a conference she decided on a closing sentence that changed the pattern that was a simple summary sentence.


Details after each place add dimension to this student's text.  Her illustrations support the text and her labels and commentary in the pictures help orient the reader to what is happening and where each page takes place.


This student's work is easy for anyone to read.  She has beautiful penmanship.  She is an excellent speller whether it is a sight word or an unknown word.  She spells words well above her grade level.  She uses punctuation and capitals correctly.

 This student is a joy to have as a writer in class.  She loves to try every new pattern that is introduced and then loves to read her book to an adult or share with the students at Closing.  She is always totally engaged in the writing process and thinks seriously about her work.  We often use her work to illustrate new patterns because she is such a fluent writer.
All About Ninjago
This is Sensei Wu.  He is the Leader.  Good.
            This is Zane.  He can hold his breath long.  Good.
This is Cole.  He is a dancer.  Good.
This is Kai.  He is a blacksmith.  He owns a star that is called Four
             Weapons.  Good.
Watch out for the Fangpyre.  They can turn you into snakes. BAD!
Watch out for Venomari.  They spray venom. BAD!
This is Pythor.  He sprays the person’s bones.  BAD!
This is Lord Garmadon.  He has four arms.  BAD!
This is Jay.  He has a girlfriend.  Her name is Nya. Good.
Watch out for Hypnobride.  They hypnotize. BAD!
This is Green Ninja.  He has all four powers.  Good.
We won!  I am bitter at the snakes.  Good.
                                                   About this Book
                        This book is about ninjas that beat snakes.
                                        Can you read these words?
                                                he                    this
                                                Jay                  Kai
                                                Cole                Zane
                                                Dancer           leader
All About the Author This book was made in Florida, September 10th through 11th, 2012.  This author’s hobbies were Ninjas and Star Wars and Harry Potter Epic.  Cool Book!


Orientation and Context
This student orients the reader with his cover title, All About Ninjago.  He even added that his writing was non-fiction on the cover, but after a conference, decided that the book was really fiction!  Thank goodness!
This student uses a pattern that was first introduced by Luke, his classmate, who first wrote about Ninjago and started a movement of Ninjago pattern books in our class.  He stays with his This is… He is…. Good or Bad pattern throughout most of the book.
He chooses to end his pattern book with a single word, Ninjago!
This student peppers each page with art work that is labeled, illustrating his points about each character.
At the end of the book, he includes a summary of the book, like the ones you see on the back of published books giving the reader a short synopsis.  Then he includes a feature that he has seen in many of his own leveled books, Can you read these words? with a list of some of the words in his text.  Finally on the back, he includes his About the Author  page.

To an adult not familiar with the Masters of Spinjitzu, this student’s work is challenging to read but he has no trouble at all, reading his own work.  In fact, his eyes sparkle as he reads.  He begins to talk fast, because he is so excited about this piece.  He is an excellent speller and spells all taught sight words with no trouble.  The unfamiliar spellings of words and the characters are spelled phonetically.  After a conference, he was able to start each page with a capital and add a capital after each period.  He also added periods which are not yet habitual for him. He incorporates the vocabulary word bitter into his work!
This student is a joyful and fluent writer.  He loves writing and even asks to work on his writing during times when he could choose other free time activities.  He easily finds topics to write about and, like this pattern book, works seriously for several days to bring a project to completion.

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