Well, hello there, friends! I’m relieved to say that I’ve made it for another Peek at my Week! I don’t know how long I’ll be able to keep it up, but I’m trying my darndest 🙂
While I was typing up my visual plans, I realized that I have A LOT going on. I mean, a lot. My plans are jam-packed full with lots of activities. I kept finding games, fun ideas, and more when I was searching for Place Value stuff, and I just wanted to include it all! Now, I can tell you that I WILL NOT be able to get to every little thing. That’s why I love Math Stations. Any games, scoots, or hands-on activities can be set aside for a math station activity. It’s really a win-win when you over-plan!
For my ELA block I am trying TWO really new things for me. Since I only have 60 minutes for ELA (that includes reading, writing, grammar, and spelling!!!!!) I had to make adjustments. I just can’t fit it all in every single day. So here are the changes I’ve made:
1. We will do the bulk of our reading activities and skills on MTW. We will do grammar on Th/F. We will continue to integrate writing wherever we can, but I hope to eventually do lots of writing on Th/F also!
2. Instead of doing so many whole group activities, my Reading Block will be separated into 2 sections. For the first 30 minutes, I will do a read aloud of some sort, and model our focus/skill for the week. For the last 30 minutes, Reading Groups will break out all over my classroom! Since, I just don’t have the time needed for traditional guided reading groups, this is how I’m going to try things. I will facilitate the reading groups by visiting each one/listening/questioning, but I will spend the most time with my struggling readers during this time. Each group will read a book on their level and practice the skill that I modeled during whole group. This week we are just starting out, so I’m giving each group a set of Henry and Mudge books (we have them in our leveled Literacy Library). They will read the books and discuss together, then work on character analysis and the BME of a story. Next week the groups will have books more specific to their level, but I wanted to start off easy/familiar so we can get the routine down first!
Kids will be sitting all over my classroom, cozying up with a good book, and conferring with their group while reading and responding… surely it will be perfect like that, right??!!
**I do still have 2 different times in the day that I can pull small groups for about 15 minutes each. I utilize those times to meet and conference with students about reading/writing also.**
I’ll be back sometime this week to show you what’s in my Math Tubs for the next couple of weeks. We are sticking with Addition and Subtraction fluency for now!
Now, go and enjoy what’s left of your weekend… the next one won’t be here soon enough 😉