I have started the Daily 5 in my room. I do not have room to place the I charts on my walls, therefore, I made them on the smartBoard, and for my clean up sound I am using the xlophone on the smartBoard.
Tuesday, 5 February 2013
For this lesson I taught the students how to use a graphic organizer to organize their reading thinking that they did on the sticky notes. This is the second way I have taught them to organize their ideas. The first way was a letter organizer from Writing A-Z. I am finding that when they draw the organizer themselves they understand the organizer better. The next lesson will be writing a letter using ideas on the grapic organizer.
Saturday, 2 February 2013
I am reviewing with my students how to do a reading response letter. The first part is using text coding to record thinking on sticky notes as we read. I constantly check Staples for sticky notes as they often have them on sale for $1.20 and then 50% off that price. I know!! That is a steal for sticky notes. I was keeping a pad in each group bin, but now that I am getting ready to start the Daily 5 I am thinking of keeping a bin labelled Read to Self with all supplies needed in it (e.g., laminated text coding bookmarks, laminated sentence starters for reading strategies). When I get the bin started I will blog about it. I know I am late starting the Daily 5 but I started CAFE for the first time this year and did not want to overwhelm myself with starting too many new things. Now I am ready and it is a good time as our new term has started. I will post about my adventures implementing the Daily 5.
I plan on using the photos to make an anchor chart to help the students remember the steps.
Sunday, 23 December 2012
We have been working on paragraph writing. To intergrate the holiday season the students wrote about why they would make a great elf to help Santa, and made an elf craft to go with the writing. I put the sheets together to make a class book.