I am super excited about starting a novel with my class. Before we get into Reader's Workshop with self-selected books I am modeling how Reader's workshop will work. I'm using this whole class novel and modeling using sticky notes and responding to what we read each day. Each day we have a mini-lesson on the elements of fiction. So far it is going great and I am glad I started Reader's Workshop this way.
In social studies I just finished teaching The Five Themes of Geography. I made a great review game on the smart board that seemed to work well. I will try to post it on here for anyone who wants to use it. Everyone did great on the quiz today so I am very excited about how things are going so far.