Wednesday, October 16, 2013

First Quarter Done! Check!

Wow! I am so sorry I haven't posted in a while. I am beyond exhausted. I've had this on my to do list all week & I am posting no matter how tired I am. So here is what we've been up to...... 

Here is a peek into our 90 minute literacy block. We spend at least 45 minutes rotating through different stations for Daily 5. 

Here are some students during silent reading time or "Read to Self" during Daily 5. 

Here are some pics I snapped while these students chose to go into "Read to Someone". It's all about letting them choose where they want to go. They love it! 

Here we are decorating our covers for our first writing journal. They also created a heart map of topics to write about. They chose topics that are close to their heart.

 They LOVE sticker stories!
This is the ONLY time they are allowed to write notes in school....LOL! First of all, they are so sweet to each other because I do look at all the notes. Quite a few are written to me & go in my special mailbox. This is a great way for them to practice writing & they get to use these cutesy little clipboards.

 Here are some students in the listening center. This is a great model for fluency while targeting the comprehension skills for the week. 

This next station is usually one of the favorites....WORD WORK. Above they are playing a word game called "Plinko". Lakeshore Learning had me review this product for them & the kids got to test it out & it was ours. 

Here they are "playing" a connect four game with a twist. They have to read the CVCC word & then use it correctly in a sentence in order to mark their spot.

 Are they playing Candy Land? Yes, but with a twist. They think they are "playing" but they are learning. Here they are playing a Parts of Speech game where they have to read the word & then say if the word is a noun, verb, or an adjective BEFORE they can move.
This game was ready to get pitched but I thought I'd see if they liked it first. Guess what? They are making me keep it. 

Finally, during writing we wrote letters to "L's" dad who is a firefighter. I really loved reading their notes to him, thanking him. It was too cute & "L" really got a kick out of it! 

I have so much more to share but my eyes are getting Your child has until Friday morning to "WHISPER" to me that I owe them a BIG FUZZY. 
P.S. I can use some help teaching them how to whisper. Can you help a teacher out? PLEASE  Photobucket