Thursday, December 8, 2011

And a-one, and a-two, and a-threeeeee!

1. We recently finished our last read aloud, A Barrel of Laughs a Vale of Tears by Jules Feiffer.  It was recommended to us by Mrs. Rolfes.  I had never read it before.  Boy, was it hysterical.  The kids LOVED it.  The only thing they didn't love about it was that there was no movie to compare it to.  However, our new read aloud, The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo, does have a movie to compare it with.  For now though, the kids could care less about the movie and are more concerned about Despereaux heading to the dungeon with the rats.

2. Our class just completed another word with the power of the compliment.  Be sure to head over to the Compliments tab and check out the word.

3. Your kids rock.

Guided Reading/Writing & Volunteers

Every morning your students work wonderfully during our guided reading time.  This process has evolved over the last few months.  In the beginning of the year, I met with just one small group per day, while others simply read their "just-right" books.  As the students matured within my classroom expectations, I began to see two small groups at a time, giving the rest of the class a few options of what they wanted to work independently on.  Once I saw great enough student indpendence in this process, I moved to a more specific and structured rotation routine that we have been doing for over five weeks now.  I now see three out of the four small reading groups per day, meeting with each group a total of three times per week.  The four stations consist of (1) writing & illustrating, (2) word work on the Smartboard, (3) independent reading with a "just-right" book, and (4) reading leveled stories with Mr. Kaegi. 

Recently we have added 6 iPads into our routine as well.  After the winter break, I would like to have an iPad station for two of the days (M&W), and a guided writing station for the other two days (T&Th).  That's where the parents come in!  If any of you are interested in facilitating a writing station from about 8:30-9:15 once a week, please email me.  The students are now ready for another challenge!