Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Getting Ready to Slice {SOL 2-24-15}

My 4th graders love to write, and for that, I am grateful.  As a teacher who loves writing, it makes my job a lot easier.

One of my favorite things that I have done this year is teach them how to write Slice of Life entries in their writer's notebooks.  I encouraged my students to write these slices, even if they weren't "assigned."  Many of them did.

Now that March is approaching, I considered having my classroom join the Slice of Life challenge -- 31 days of dutiful slicing.

Were my 4th graders up to it?

Was I up to it?

I am a big believer in letting students have a say in what happens so I took that question to the students.  Their answer?  A resounding "YES!"

This week we are ramping up our slicing skills by being better "watchers" of our world.  We are also learning how to comment (something we haven't done a lot of in the past).  Later this week, my students will all receive their own Kidblog blog which is where they will keep their slices.

They are excited!

I am excited!

I created this sign to hang on our door to reminds ourselves of our commitment.  Feel free to use it if you would like.

Let the slicing begin!


  1. We're getting ready, too, Jennifer. So exciting to see how it will go. Will look for you! Tell your students "Happy Writing!"

  2. Hooray! It will be a wonderful experience for all of you, I am sure.

  3. Good for you. What a fun experience it will be for your kiddos. I hope you'll be able to share a few of them (with appropriate release papers of course). :) Happy slicing!

  4. What an adventure for all of you to travel together. I think it will be great to do this as a class, then they can talk it out when the writing gets tough.

  5. Congratulations! You have created amazing writers who are willing to share their stories with many others! I wish March wouldn't be testing season for us.

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  7. Way to go...you've inspired your students with your enthusiasm. I am excited to read your students' Kidblogs!


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