Besides having a wide variety of books available for student reading, reading instruction is blended with writing instruction, and works with students to help them gain familiarity with letter names and sounds, sight words, decoding and blending skills, and content knowledge.  This week we focused on the life cycle of butterflies, and to close the unit, we wrote a story together, sentence-by-sentence, about a butterfly.  This activity is fun, allows students to share out during circle, encourages creativity, and supports punctuation by showing proper capitalization and the use of periods.