Monday, December 31, 2012
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Saturday, December 1, 2012
When my class does this story, we put on plays for the preschoolers and kindergartners at our school. It is a lot of fun. I used to have the kids make scenery on butcher paper. We would hang it over the white board and switch it as scenes changed. Last year, I had them draw their scenes on copy paper. I scanned those and put them into PowerPoints. One student ran the clicker and changed scenes throughout the plays. It was so much quicker and easier than the butcher paper. The kids were also really excited to see their pictures as digital images! Do you have any fun ideas for this story? Share them in a comment!
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Each week, my class brainstorms words that belong in a word family. They write them in a word work notebook. I write them on a cut-out and hang them in the bathroom. As the year progresses, our bathroom becomes wallpapered with word families. They might as well be reading while they take care of business! I write on the shapes with a vis-a-vis marker and hang them up high. I have had a couple years where some little naughty splashed them with water (I REALLY hope it was water!) and the markers ran. Most years, the kids just leave them alone. Sometimes I can hear them reading while they are in there. I have also used this as a reading station. I give the kids flashlights and tell them to go read the words in the dark. They love it and it's great reading practice!
Friday, November 23, 2012
Just got "I have, Who has?" cards up for the first two books of the reading series. I am aiming to get the rest up before Monday. These cards are great because the words spiral. If kids don't master the words by Friday, they will still be exposed to them with this game. There are cards for 24 and "Reading Helper" cards if you have more students than that. These cards are easy for first graders to use. The first card always has a green go. The last card always has a red stop sign. All the sight words are in bold print. There is a set of cards for the introductory unit free at my TpT store!http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Primary-Techie
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
ABSOLUTELY! You already know this group of kids and they know you. Introduce pieces of the program. Make it part of your current centers program as you get stations prepped. Offer the choice to just early finishers (although the ones that finish early are not the ones that need the hands-on practice). Even if you do not launch the program until next year, you can utilize components of it now. Test the stations out. See what rules you want to put in place for your future classes. When school starts next fall, you will be ready to go!
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Saturday, November 10, 2012
The reading ticket is a combination of several methods of running reading groups. It has components of Daily 5 and CAFE as well as several other practices. This is the best way I have found to run reading groups in first grade. Centers do not change - words and skills change! The kids learn to be responsible for their own learning. I am working on uploading all my resources onto TpT. I have many items up already and there are many more to come! I have several freebies, so follow me!