Friday, January 1, 2016

Welcome 2015 and....Opinion Writing

Hello Everyone!!
Happy New year to all of you!  The end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016 have been very emotional for me.  We started off our winter break visiting my son, Jordan in Indiana. He has made his way into the hearts of the people of southwest Indiana with his amazing storytelling and reporting for the local news station. And...He just bought his first house. We are so excited for him! We loved spending time with him over Christmas. 

On our drive back home, we kept getting texts, phone calls, and e-mails from friends about the 12 tornadoes that ravaged their way through the towns around our home in Texas.  Oh my goodness---our emotions went from bliss to absolute heartbreak. So many of our friends lost everything, including a couple of teachers from our district.  One of the elementary schools was hit and is now deemed unsafe. And sadly, 11 people lost their lives. 

The past few days have been filled with helping school and church groups gather needed supplies for those affected by this disaster. Texans do tend to jump in and help whenever needed!! The cleanup and rebuild will take years, but the support will be there. 
If you would like to help those in need during this time, here's a link to the red cross donation sight.  Thank you in advance for sharing your blessings!

These events really put things into perspective for me.  What is important? Where should we put our passion?  So many of us are blessed beyond measure.  We take for granted who and what we have in our lives. 
Herein lies the resolution. Giving.  The more you give, the more you receive.  Throughout the coming year, I will continue to share things on this blog for anyone who can use them to help teachers, parents, and kids get excited about learning.  Teaching is sharing. Teaching is giving.

I will give the best I have. It may not always be perfect, it may not always fit everyone's bill, but, if what I share can help even one person, It is worthwhile!!
So, having said all that, I am sharing a new unit.  This one is all about Opinion Writing.  You all know how much I love Lucy Calkins.  This unit is based on her "Writing Reviews" book for first graders.  When we get back from winter break, our firsties will be learning all about opinions and how to share them through writing. This unit is a precursor  to one we will do on writing book reviews and other type of persuasive writing. It includes everything you need to print and go!  Here are a few pics.

The unit is about 32 pages. 

As always, thanks for taking time out to stop by and read this little blog.  I appreciate you!  My New Year's wish for you is that you are surrounded by love and joy, and that you are blessed to be a blessing to others.  If you are heading back to school next week, have a wonderful reunion with your littles. Give them the best you have!!