Fourth Grade Journey

A Fourth Grade Teacher's Journey Through the World of Books

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wonder Wednesday #186 (Breakfast with Books #SEVEN)

Wonder Wednesday - Breakfast with Books 

*We had our seventh "Breakfast with Books" on Friday, April 21st.

*The readers and I met before school with the novel and "treats" in hand.

*Everyone was excited to enjoy some breakfast treats, talk about the novel, and of course be able to Skype with the author Ali Standish.

*Ali shared some background information about herself and the origins of the story of Ethan, Coralee, and Kacey.

*The readers then got a chance to share a personal comment with her about their experience with the book.

*They also asked one question they had about the book, the characters, the plot, and/or the life of a writer.

*It was such a fun and rewarding experience and my students and I are so incredibly lucky to be able to connect with such wonderful authors like Ali Standish.

*Here is a look inside our book club action...

Picture Wednesday #31 (Flying Kid)

"Flying Kid"

*This is the thirty-first Wednesday of our year together and that means it is "Picture Wednesday".

*The biggest goal I have for "Picture Wednesday" is to have my writers really think about the image they are observing and do some deep writing.

*This image came from a colleague that knows I use images for our writing.  He shared with me a New York Times Link that featured a variety of pictures they supplied to foster writing in young people.

*After viewing all of the pictures, I decided to use this one after using another one last week.  I think there is "a lot" going on here!

*Each Wednesday I feature a photograph, image, or graphic.  My goal is to have my writers do some thinking, reflecting, and writing about the image.

*We talk about what types of writing we can do in the notebook.  Here are some of the possibilities...

-What we notice in the image
-What we wonder about
-Connections we have to the picture
-Thoughts, feeling, emotions about the visual
-Reminders we have from the image
-Create a fiction story about the picture

*Once the image is revealed to the writers, we spend a few minutes "talking" about what we see.

*My writers set up their HEADING in the notebook and we get busy writing.

*During the start-up of the year, I have my students write for about five minutes.  We slowly build our stamina for writers and slowly add time to our writing block. 

*At the end of the individual writing time, we call on a few volunteers to share their actual writing and/or further thoughts about the visual in front of us.

Our Images from 2016-2017...  
Week #1 - Back to School -                               Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #2 - Be Kind to Others -                           Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #3 - Be Safe -                                          Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #4 - Be Responsible -                              Click Here to see IMAGE
Week #5 - Animal Friendship -                          Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #6 - A Helping Hand -                              Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #7 - A Running Jump -                             Click Here to See IMAGE 
Week #8 - Stand-UP/Unity Day -                       Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #9 - Home Sweet Home -                        Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #10 - Camouflage -                                  Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #11 - Dream Big-                                      Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #12 - Sidewalk Biking -                            Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #13 - HUG -                                              Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #14 - Happy Frog -                                   Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #15 - Hair Dryer -                                     Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #16 - Goodbye 2016/Hello 2017              Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #17 - Ghost Rainbow                               Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #18 - Winter Drive                                    Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #19 - Animal Friends                                Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #20-  The Writing Cabin                           Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #21 - Travel Companion                           Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #22 - Guitar Land                                     Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #23 - Airplane???                                     Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #24 - Concert in the Air                            Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #25 - Water Sir?                                       Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #26 - Sunset Floors                                  Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #27 - Covered Sky                                    Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #28 - Playtime                                          Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #29 - City in the Sky                                 Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #30 - Lunch Time                                     Click Here to See IMAGE

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Treat Tuesday #186 (Happy Book Birthday)


*Recently we got together with some friends and they served these up.

*Our family loves Mexican food and these were delicious.

*The friend shared the information via Facebook where I got the recipe from.

*I'm also very excited for the new books that are out today.  I've been waiting for Beartown by Fredrik Backman.  I've loved his other novels.

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound cooked chicken, shredded (I used cooked Rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 (1 ounce) packet Old El Paso Hot & Spicy Taco Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomato, drained
  • 1 (4.5 ounce) can Old El Paso Chopped Green Chiles
  • 10 Old El Paso Stand and Stuff Taco Shells
  • 1/2 (16 ounce) can Old El Paso Refried Beans
  • 2 cups Mexican Blend Cheese, shredded
  • Toppings such as Old El Paso sliced Jalapenos, sour cream, salsa, chopped cilantro, shredded lettuce, or any of your favorite taco toppings!

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line a 9x13 baking dish with foil. (I originally made this by spraying the pan with non stick spray. That is totally fine to do, but using foil can help in keeping the shells crisp.)
  2. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a medium skillet.
  3. Add onion to skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the onion is translucent and fragrant.
  4. Stir in the chicken, taco seasoning, tomatoes, and green chiles. Stir to combine fully. Reduce to simmer and allow to cook for 5-8 minutes.
  5. Place the taco shells in the baking dish, standing up. I was able to fit 10 taco shells in the dish by adding 2 on each side.
  6. Spoon 1 tablespoon of beans into the bottom of each taco shell. Top with the chicken mixture, almost to the top of each shell.
  7. Sprinkle each shell generously with shredded cheese, the more the better!
  8. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until cheese is fully melted and the edges of the shells are browned.
  9. Remove from the oven and top with your favorite items such as jalapenos, sour cream, cilantro, and salsa.
  10. Enjoy!
  11. ***TIPS: Be sure to drain the tomatoes completely, this will help the taco shells to not get soggy while baking!
  12. If you prefer your tacos not spicy, just omit the green chilis and use regular Old El Paso Taco Seasoning. Just as delicious!

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