When reading Molly Lou Melon, students were asked to stop at three points in the story. At this time, they stepped inside the character of Molly Lou to discuss what she was thinking and feeling. The three different colored stick notes represent the three times that we stopped in the book. Although I wrote out students' thinking, these were completely their own responses that they shared with their peers through turn and talk and a whole group discussion.
I noticed right away that my students embraced the character of Molly You and thought deeply about how she was thinking and feeling at certain points in the book. It being so early in the school year, i wasn't sure how much participation I would get, but I was excited to see that most of my students wanted to share out their answers. Overall, I was VERY surprised by my students' responses, especially because they have never done this routine before! They really made their thinking visible, both orally and on our recording sheet.