Sunday, January 20, 2013

Response To Text / Tracking our Thinking

Hello out there bloggy buddies! It's been a long time! Life over at the Lutton house has been busy and rather exciting. Since I've talked to you last:

1. Rich (my husband) scored a new job as a full time fireman.
2. I looped up to the 4th grade with my wonderful class.It's going     well. I will post more on that at another time. :)
3. My Kids started at their new school. They love is. (shewie)
4. My baby started kindergarten.
5. Baby Lutton # 4 is on the way!!! CrAzY!!! ExCiTiNg!!
 BTW it's a .....................................................GIRL!!

Life in the fast lane just got faster!!

I recently stumbled upon a site called TweenTribune. It offers news articles geared towards tween aged kids. The articles are short and attention grabbing. 
I went on and created an account for my class. Each student is given a log in and password. Right now I'm using this site to take tracking our thinking while reading a step further. Students track their thinking on post its while they read and then use those thoughts/post its to compile a writen reaction to the article. Fun right?! At the end of each article we can read the reactions/comments of other kids their age. Then, my kids can log on and write their own comments. There is no greater motivation than seeing their writing published online! Of course as the teacher I have the power to check and ok all the comments before they actually get published. 

We have already discussed tracking our thinking while reading earlier in the year so the students are very familiar with this concept. But, I have noticed lately they are having trouble transferring their thinking into their writing. We do reading response logs and this area is one they struggle with.  

Here is what I did:

1. Picked an article I knew they would have serious opinions about. (Should We Have Summer Break?) Gathered them on the carpet around the chart paper with the ipads and had them all log on to that article.  

 2. We read the article and tracked out reaction/thinking on the chart paper as we read. 

 3. When we were done reading and discussing we looked back at our notes on the chart paper and compiled them into 4-5 coherent intelligent sentences that captured our thinking/reactions.  

4. We then checked out writing for things like using specific names, using proper grammar, punctuation, detail, etc.   

5. I plan to use this activity to give out both a reading and writing grade.  




  1. Julie!!!!!! I've missed you!!! I check back here to see if you've been around and today I was happy to see you on my blogroll :)

    Congratulations on all of the exciting news, especially your little girl on the way, wow!!

    Thanks for sharing this site, you always find the best things. Take care and talk to you soon! :)

  2. Thanks Kristen :)
    I've missed everyone. Hopefully I can get back in the swing a little. I've been stalking everyone here and there. Thanks for all the positive comments you always leave. :)

  3. Congratulations! Sounds like you've been busy, in more ways than one!

  4. Hi, I just found your blog - and am so glad that I did. I really like that activity you shared - I will for sure be checking out that resource. I like how you took the kids through the process of coming up with a well thought out response. Congratulations on all your personal news!

    Looking From Third to Fourth

  5. This is an awesome way to get their brains thinking!! Great Work!

  6. Oh! What a great share! Thanks! I am moving to 3rd grade next year and am looking for some great resources.

    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  7. I love when I see another teacher whose husband is a fireman! I try to get all my blogging and centers done during the 24 hours he is away. I hope you have a fantastic year and I look forward to seeing your post,


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