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Pre-Review, Owls, & Head Start

I just wanted to give you guys a heads up...
I have a few reviews in the making and some of them have also donated the items for a give away...
HOLLA

that is awesome!!!
I know...

One of these FANTABULOUS reviews has to do with these...

http://mediacdn.shopatron.com/media/mfg/183/product_image/2d2b2469226538be765547da02810c62.jpg?1324459743
image is borrowed from Barker Creek



I am going to be real here...
when I first got these in the mail... I got SKURD
(that is SCARED for those of you not familiar with Farley lingo)
I pulled it out and laid it on my kitchen table...


I thought it was a little young for my 4th grade kiddos
I was trying to think
how in the world am I going to blog about this....
nail biting began
liver stress pain
hair loss
I mean this super sweet company contacted me
It is a WOMAN OWNED company and I am all for girl power
PLUS I love their pop out letters... 
seriously I think I own them all...
LOVE as in {puffy} heart love!!!!
and now they sent me this box set of DRAW * WRITE * NOW
and I was skeptical....



Drew on the other hand wanted to DIVE right into them...


anywho I took the box set to school and put it on my desk...


within minutes into the day...

WHAT IS THAT MRS. FARLEY?
CAN I READ THAT MRS. FARLEY?
ARE WE GOING TO USE THAT TODAY?
DO WE GET TO DRAW?
WHAT IS IT?
WHAT DO WE GET TO DRAW?
IS IT FOR US?
DO WE GET TO DRAW?
WHERE DID YOU GET IT?
WHY IS IT ON YOUR DESK IF WE DON'T GET TO USE IT?
DO WE GET TO DRAW?
WRITE IS A HOMOPHONE RIGHT?
SO WHEN ARE WE USING THIS?

a lot of these questions are from the same kid BUT he sparked the others to
WoNdEr too...
OOOOH AHHHHH they were teased

I decided to leave it on my desk for a few weeks while my gears started to turn and squeak and think
THINK FARLEY THINK

Finally I let them look inside the box... BUT they couldn't DRAW YET...
tease... anticipation... tease


AND they could only check it out IF they had all of their SQUIRT (Sustained Quiet Uninterrupted Independent Reading Time) activities done...
they were so excited...
and when they opened it up they were even more excited...
my stress was diminishing...
they gathered around each other...
I felt more at ease....
it was like the BESTEST thing I had ever given them...
I was immediately relieved
I then decided...
we will use these to help us during our POETRY PUBLISHING...

we just finished our Rhyming Poetry Practice
see...



 These turned out pretty OWL-some...
my kiddos did these when I had a sub...
They did I chart about what they knew about owls
then read a quick non fiction about owls...added to the chart what new information they learned...then they watched a short video about owls... added more info to their charts....
then they went through their chart and circled some important words that they could think of rhyming words for... like flight and night
weather and feather
rat and fat
mice and nice
and so on....

then they had to go and make a poem with a pattern...
( we have been studying rhyming patterns so this wasn't new to them)
they went through a quick editing process with a peer and the sub...
the sub (Mrs T) is a retired teacher (from my school) and a FABULOUS sub!!!
anywho after a rough draft and approval from Mrs. T... they took it to publishing (see above)
I was a little nervous about what I might get BUT... I was nicely surprised with these... YAY kiddos.

SOOOOOOOO back to this
these books offer tons of different animals, plants, places, and people to draw....
so I am going to have my kiddos pick something out of
DRAW * WRITE * NOW
and do research on it
JUST LIKE they did for the owls
and then make a list of important words... match them up with rhyming words...
and write a poem...
these are going to be AWESOME...
because then they get to illustrate their own poems like a real illustrator... 
I already kind of sort of... OK
I TOLD them what we are going to do and some of them are already practicing during their recess....
WHAT DURING RECESS.... YES
that is how much they LOVE LOVE LOVE these books... what was I ever worried about...

OK here is a link for you to go and check out...
DRAW* WRITE * NOW
and I will have a FULL BLOWN POST and GIVE AWAY next weekend... be on the look out... BUT right now you can go to Barker Creek's FB page and tell them I sent you :)
FB PAGE RIGHT HERE

get a head start on your entries... LOL

toodles

5 comments:

  1. I used these with my kinders, first, and even when I taught 6th. They loved them! I loved them. They made the kids want to write neatly, especially when I had the DWN journal books. One year I had them, other years we used handwriting paper with the space at the top for the pics. Can't say enough good things about these, and I only had the farm one and the patriotic one.

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  2. Love how you incorporated poetry into the mix...and worked on rhyme scheme with research. Uber impressed. Love your ideas.

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  3. Those are awesome... I love the anticipation! Kids love to draw, it seems when they get a chance to be creative they learn so much more. Can't wait for the giveaway!
    Jessica

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  4. I'm going to tie this in with our owl pellets science work. I can't wait! Where did you find the lined owl paper? It is perfect!
    Thanks.
    -ts

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