One of the things we worked on this week was setting. Kids do really well with setting until they hit chapter books, and there are no pictures. We talked about the ways an author shows not tells setting: through pictures, character choice, and words. Then I read the book Big Al (love it so much!). BUT I stuck it inside of another book so that they could not see any of the pictures.
We collected "evidence" of the setting by using the character choices the author made and the words he used. I have written about having ACE (anchor chart envy) before. Here's the best I've got people:
That's my fancy anchor chart. Whatever to all you insanely awesome anchor chart makers. You can also see the evidence sheet. After reading Big Al and collecting evidence of the setting, we used the sheet as a class to collect evidence of the setting in the first half of First Day Jitters. They then had their own sheet and used their readers to collect evidence for the setting in the second half of the story. All in all, it was a good lesson!
Here's a generic form of the one the kids used independently. You can click on it to download.
If you suffer from ACE, here are a few beautiful ones from Pinterest to drool over.
And now, it's 9:15 on Friday night. I'm going to bed before I fall over!!!