Okay....so on to this post! I decided I would blog about our morning routines! Just in case any of you out there are looking for something new, or care about what I do in my classroom....ha, ha!
I am going to try to do it with pictures....depending on my sad internet speed....and such!
|You can do it for a review of what you are learning about....|
|or for a specific skill you are working on.|
Then we move right into Chit-Chat. At this point in the year we are doing Chit-Chat Charts based on Deanna Jump's fabulous idea. I also have both of her Chit-Chat books from TPT! LOVE THEM!
At the beginning of the year I use this time for a different type of morning message.
I learned this from Kathy Griffin SEVERAL years ago when she presented at SPLASH....and have used it ever since. This WORKS people!!! There are several questions you ask each student (like an interview of whoever your leader is for the day) You start with their name. Then as a class, you count how many letters and how many syllables are in their name. I write the numbers (while talking about how to write them) then I draw a shape around each one (while talking about each shape). Then I ask the student the questions (above the questions are: How old are you? What is your favorite color?) I write the answers to their questions (while talking about all the important things about sentence structure, sounding out words, etc). Then I choose 3 students to give "happy talk". This has to be something positive about the student. I write their sentences and add their names. Then I just call on kids to come up and "find" stuff in our chart. They typically find letters and simple sight words at first...but quickly move on to find words, chunky monkeys, punctuation, spaces....etc.... We do this in rounds and I usually do 2-3 rounds before moving on to the other Chit-Chat charts. A round is when ALL students have answered those particular questions....then I move on to new questions. During the last round I let the students write their own "Happy Talk". The kids love this time a day!!!
Then we move on to Word Work. Right now we are using this book for word work:
The kids come up and "be" the letters and make themselves make words.
The other students write the words being made on their white boards.
Then we read the words we made.
At the beginning of the year we use this book for word work:
I model on my big easel and the kids write the words (changing the beginning, middle, or ending sounds) on their white boards.
I love this book! They learn soooo much! Next year we are going to reverse the two books and do the other one first and this one last...
Then we move on to Shared Reading. We do a poem using our document camera that goes along with our theme for the week. We also read our pocket chart poem for the week.
I typically use whatever poem is in Julie Lee's center unit I am doing that week. I made this poem because she does not have one in her penguin unit and I wanted to concentrate on our sight words "said", and "play".
On Fridays they put their poems in their poetry journals and hi-light sight words and such.
Then we move on to our theme reading lesson. This is the time I read books and conduct lessons on whatever theme we are working on for the week. This week it is penguins.
This is when we make our charts..and write!
Then we move on to Readers Workshop and Daily 5 time! This is also when I pull my guided reading groups.
We are using Kim Adsit's Readers Workshop resources from TPT. Right now we are working on discovering patterns in text! They are such little word detectives!!
While I am pulling my groups (15 min each) my kiddos are rotating through 4 stations:
Read to Self
Part of Listening is writing....I know strange but it works....I have computer, iPad, writing, and then listening to a theme book on CD available for them in this center.
I use the monthly writing resources from DeeDee Wills.
Then we move on to Writers Workshop. I use the resources from Deanna Jump and Deedee Wills.
Right now we are working on persuasive writing through letters and they are having SUCH a blast with this!!! I wish I had some pictures of some of their letters.....soooo cute! Today one of my sweeties wrote a letter to a boy in my class asking if she could try on his glasses!!!
And.....then we go to lunch! WHEEEWW! What a morning....!
As you can see the blogging world has impacted my teaching drastically! I learn so much and it is sooo fun to try new and exciting things out with my classroom! I am so thankful that awesome teachers share their ideas and creativity with all of us!
I will try to be back and talk about our afternoon sometime soon!
Hope this helped some of y'all in some way....or at least you enjoyed reading about our morning in K!
Now....I am going to go relax!