Saturday, September 13, 2014

Math Workshop

So how do you manage Math Workshop?  This is still one part of my day I'm trying to figure out.  I teach math after lunch so after the lesson is done it doesn't leave much time for the workshop model.

After the math lesson is completed, students will go to MATH (fancy, right?).

M-manipulatives/games (Everyday Math)
A-apps on the iPads
T-teacher time
H-Homework Page (an activity that goes with a math read aloud)

I've introduced each one and they practiced last week.

During teacher time, students will be working in an interactive notebook.  I'll also focus in on skills students need extra practice with.

I'm hoping to use this framework Monday-Thursday.

Let me know how you run your workshop!!

Mean Jean, The Recess Queen

Ohhh, do my students LOVE this story!!  After reading, The Recess Queen, we added describing words to a character map.

Next week, we'll be looking through the book to find pictures and text where Mean Jean wasn't so friendly.  I completed this poster with my class last year.

Students will also listen to Bootsie Barker Bites.  We'll add describing words to a character map and complete a Venn Diagram on both characters.

I'll also be sharing the book Oliver Button is a Sissy.

Our focus in writing will still be opinion writing.  Students will be writing if they'd be friends with Mean Jean!

Opinion Writing: Do YOU like Your Name?

This week our read alouds have focused on names.  These are books I've shared with my class.

I REALLY take my time with setting up Writer's Workshop.  In the beginning we talk about who likes writing and who doesn't.  In my experience, most students say they don't like writing because it's hard.  We share what is easy about it and what's challenging.

I always start with illustrations.  Students spend the "Quiet 10" illustrating a picture.  This is when I play music quietly in the room. When the music stops, students know it's time to write.  You can read more about how I set up Writer's Workshop here (A Look Into Writer's Workshop)

Our focus this trimester is Opinion Writing.  Before I have them jump into writing we talk about what makes a good illustration.  I made these Rate Your Writing Posters for my students to use as a reference. I had many request to make them so I've added them to my TpT Store if interested (Rate Your Writing Posters).  

Students began by illustrating their name.  We met on the rug and I put the posters out I had drawn of my dog.  They worked as a team to put them in order from 1-4.  We then talked about each one.

The kids then rated their illustrations.  Some kids had just started their illustration so we talked about it being okay if they were only 1's. 

Next up...writing.  I ALWAYS model and talk through the process.  We talk about words we already know how to spell and how to tap out words we're unsure of.  At the beginning of the year I tell students I don't spell words for them because I want them to be able to read their work back to me.  I'm so proud of these students.  I've only been asked a few times how to spell a word.

Students stated their opinion, gave one reason, and wrote a wrap up sentence.  Here are a few examples.  When students have finished their writing and illustration I have them stamp the date so we know they've finished the piece.

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Meet Karina and Olivia

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

More Special People

Meet Destiny, Donna, and Zachary.  Students have LOVED interviewing and learning about each other.

This is also a great way for me to teach more about vowels, sentence structure, and conventions without them thinking it's work!!  Gotta LOVE that.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

A Quick Look at Our Week

I don't have many pictures to share because it was just too busy to stop and take them.

We worked with our name A LOT  last week!  After reading Catalina Magdalena Hoopensteiner Wallendiner Hogan Logan Bogan was Her Name we graphed how many letters were in our names.

Students also practiced Read to Self.  We're building stamina and were able to read for 10 minutes.

We also began learning about students in our classroom.  Each day we have a Special Person.  Students interview him/her and I write the sentences on posters I made for each of them this summer.  We learned more about Austin and Olivia this week!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

First Day Success

EeeKkk!!  We made it through the day.  I must say I didn't look at the clock once until I realized it was almost lunch time.  That's how fast our morning went by.  Even my students couldn't believe how fast the day flew by.

We spent the morning going over expectations (No David books are a MUST to read) and settling into new routines/schedules.

We read First Day Jitters, read our Jitter Juice Poem, and even tried some to settle those nerves.  They couldn't believe I was even nervous on the first day of school!

We also worked with our names and made portraits.  As you can see I have no more photos of the activities we completed because I just couldn't keep up with the day!!

I do have these ADORABLE pics to share of their first day in first grade!!

Rest up and I'll see you tomorrow!!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Squeaky Clean

Ah, there's nothing like coming into a freshly cleaned room!!  The floors are shiny and everything is in its place.

I popped in to school to drop off the other tables I made and to spend an hour or so rearranging my room.  I have changed things up a bit but am happy with the look so far.