Dropping in and listening carefully during reading workshop. Choosing to be quiet and listen to the conversations around 8 vocabulary words: tobacco, pry, destination, conductor, quilt, beckoned, lineage, and station. There were three directions: find a friend, discuss how the words are connected and make a prediction about what the play will be about. Finally write your thinking down in your reading spiral.
I am celebrating allowing students the opportunity to think around 8 vocabulary words. Half of the words were unfamiliar to them, and I celebrate them working with a peer to discover the definition and confirming with a dictionary. Reteaching the importance of guide words and also choosing which definition works best for the similarities was a celebration. As students grouped the words, several comments were made about their predictions.
· I think the setting will be a long time ago because of the word (quilt)
· I think the plot will be about a family traveling (destination, conductor, conductor)
· I think the characters will be a part of a big family (lineage)
· I wonder if someone will work on a plantation and grow (tobacco) and call their brother to help them (beckoned)
Have you guessed the play? Henry's Freedom Box was our mentor text for the week. I celebrate allowing students the opportunity to discover and make connections with an important story. Thanks to Ruth for encouraging us to celebrate throughout the week. I'm excited to read other celebrations from the week.