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Old 11-29-2007, 06:45 PM
 
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Hi all!
It's time for another reading/writing celebration in my class, and I was looking for ideas. For our first one, we had the principal, librarians, and reading specialist come in and we read them our published books. I feel like that's kind of hard to top.

Everyone on this board always has great ideas... so any for celebrations?


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Share with another class
Old 11-29-2007, 07:16 PM
 
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My next-door colleague and I pair up our classes for celebrations. The children love to share with their friends from another class. We let the kids go out in the hall and pair up to share. After each child has shared they thank each other and then move on to someone else to share again. We take about 20-30 minutes for the sharing. We take pictures. We usually have a simple treat as well like cookies or lollipops for everyone to enjoy as they share.
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Old 12-01-2007, 08:01 AM
 
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We just had an apple juice toast for our first celebration. No food, just shared with our writing partners and toasted one another with our apple juice, and then chit chatted a bit afterward. Buddying up with another classroom might be fun. Maybe ask an upper el. classroom to come to you or you go to them - for a change of venue, you could go to the media center or to the cafeteria? Put up a few streamers and some balloons...call it a day? ....
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Old 12-01-2007, 03:20 PM
 
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For our last writing one we had a kindergarten class come in and they each buddied up with a kindergartener and read them their books (I have first graders). They thought it was cool to be the "big kids".

Our last reading one was yesterday and we celebrated fluency...so they all sat in a circle and read one page of a Just Right book out loud to everyone (they had picked/practiced the day before)...It seems really simple but it was hands down one of the best moments of the year, so cool to see my kids (many came in as very low readers) all read a page of a book out loud. Then they got into small groups and took turns being the "storyteller" and read a few other pages to the rest of the group. Then we had a toast and donuts. Unfortunately, there is a Dunkin Donuts on my way to work and almost all reading/writing celebrations have involved donuts so far...a difficult precedent to put an end to!
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Old 12-01-2007, 08:42 PM
 
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Mine was similar to Miss Anderson's celebration. They all picked two books that they felt were "just right" books and ones that they could read with smooth reading voices and with expression. They first practiced reading these books by themselves, and then they partnered up with their reading partner and read one book to each other (again, practicing reading with smooth reading voices and with expression). The next day, the kids read a page or two from their books to the whole class and then met in small groups and read a few more. To top the celebration off, I made it a big deal to the parents as well. I wrote up a note explaining all of the things that we have been working on in RW for the past month and a half, and informed them that their child was bringing home two of their just right books for him/her to read independantly out loud to their parents. I also left some space for the parents to write comments about their child's reading and about the growth that they have made. The kids were so excited to read to their moms and dads! We just had our celebration on Friday, so I am anxious to see what parents will write!
I am so proud of my kiddos! They all have made so much growth since the beginning of the year and they LOVE RW!


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Thank you!
Old 12-03-2007, 07:41 AM
 
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Wow, thanks for all the great ideas. Teacherdani, I love the idea of having parents write something about the reading. I've been wanting to involve parents but have several who work and wasn't quite sure how to do it

Thanks so much!!!
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Old 12-05-2007, 05:36 PM
 
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these celebrations are so fun. i love the idea of the parent note also, how special- and i know my parents would love it as much as the kids. i think i'll try it for our next one.

for writing we have done a toast, and read our work around the circle to the class. we took pictures, and the students were so proud of their hard work.

for reading we have had juice and cookies (really cute cookies that a parent provided), and had a "royal reader" come and read a favorite to the class (our principal).
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