Survival and Setting

First week of school.  Soooooooooo tired but happy.  I'm seriously loving my new third grade friends this year.  It takes a while to learn a new routine, but they are catching on so quickly!

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.
                                                                  Source: via Sylvia on Pinterest

                                                                  Source: via Michelle on Pinterest

                                                                  Source: via Gentry on Pinterest

And now, it's 9:15 on Friday night.  I'm going to bed before I fall over!!!


  1. I just finished my third week and I'm STILL exhausted! I am also envious of all of the beautiful anchor charts out there! Btw, I still LOVE my blog design!

    Lacy's Letters

  2. I add a border, and that's the closest I get to most awesome anchor charts. I love your lesson idea, though! So important for the upper grades!

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  3. I love that book too! Thanks for sharing your fabulous lesson ideas!

    Fourth Grade Garden