Using Google Forms as a Reading Log Alternative

So, this school year happened, hasn't it?

Switching grade levels has really put a hold on any blogging I've done, but I have this awesome idea to share with you all that I'm making time to blog!

A couple of factors have changed since moving up to fourth grade... obviously my students have a completely different set of needs than my second graders did.  Learning to readjust my thinking and make things more relevant and engaging for my students has become a focus for me.

Veterans Day Activities FREEBIE

Veterans Day is November 11th, 2016.  One of my favorite ways to honor our military families is during my Language Arts block with activities that celebrate veterans' dedication to our country.  Read on to check out my Veterans Day Unit Lessons FREEBIE!


Veterans Day activities for Language Arts.  Veterans Day activities for Reading and Writing.





We start the activities by drawing a graphic organizer in our writing notebooks.


Veterans Day activities for Language Arts.  Veterans Day activities for Reading and Writing.



Next, we read the following mentor texts.  Students collect words and phrases that help them fill in the graphic organizer.


Veterans Day activities for Language Arts.  Veterans Day activities for Reading and Writing.



Veterans Day activities for Language Arts.  Veterans Day activities for Reading and Writing.



Veterans Day activities for Language Arts.  Veterans Day activities for Reading and Writing.


After we've collected filled out our organizers, I hand out a writing rubric and we discuss the expectations for the paragraph(s) students will write.




I then meet with small writing groups to:
•Complete the graphic organizer
•Write 1-2 paragraphs
•Edit/Revise the paragraph according to the rubric criteria

Challenge for early finishers:
•Type  the paragraph(s) and print.
•Write a friendly letter to a veteran using the example letter included in the packet.





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How do you celebrate Veterans Day?  I'd love to hear about it!