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Reading Workshop

Reading Workshop

“Creating a Community of Readers”

via…LUCY  CAULKINS!

This is my newest FAVORITE thing!

I LOVE Lucy Caulkin’s 

READING, WRITING, 

COMPREHENSION LESSONS

If you get a chance to hear her, see her, and/or youtube her…

DO IT!

When I teach reading, I don’t want my students to stop and ask for help.

I want them to have skills to be independent readers.

I want them to be problem-solvers.

So, I am…

 How?

 Take a picture walk. Cover the words. Make them use the visual cues in the story. Frontload any vocabulary that may change thinking, distort comprehension, or unfamiliar to them. Have them make predictions PRIOR to reading. AFTER reading, check their predictions.

 I LOVE this! After reading..then what? DO SOMETHING! Reread it for NEW information. Retell it to yourself or a friend. We use our 3 fingers retell. I love this part…DIGEST IT! Just as a good meal…when you are finished, appreciate it. Think about it.

 ENJOY IT!

 You are NEVER done! 

When you finish…read more! My kiddos love to stack ALL of their books on the left..as they finish reading a book…place it in a pile on their right. Keep reading! Their goal is to read more every day! STAMINA! Reading MATS are used to make goals. 

Our goals are to read MORE!

 We want kids to quit using their fingers to read. Good readers use their EYES! “SCOOP” up words (phrases) with your eyes. When reading, put 3-4 words together and read the phrases! GREAT time to teach prepositions & prepositional phrases!

 Always,always…reread! You will see more, read more, and understand more when you reread a story. Read it to a partner, a parent, a friend. The same book can sound new when you are reading it the second or third time!

A HUGE THANK YOU to Lucy Caulkins!

So there you are..

GET  READING!

Remember….

When in doubt…

ALWAYS make it

BALANCED  LITERACY

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CLOSE READING

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just ask

PINTEREST!

From HANNAH @ The Classroom Key

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From Jen @ Teacher Karma

and from

Kristine @  Young Teacher Love

She has a GREAT blog post about

CLOSE READING!

If you are learning…check it OUT!

Gotta know YOUR standards!

And so..

to help US all

DIVE  INTO THE  TEXT…

Here is a little FREEBIE

from ME  to  YOU!

Enjoy!

First Grade Writing..NONFICTION

First Grade Writing

So…we have taken the step  jump  LEAP into writing

NON-FICTION.

As a Title 1 teacher with half of my class CELDT Levels 1&2 ( low English)

I am ALWAYS trying to give my kids more vocabulary, visual clues, and

FRONTLOAD information

…before we WRITE!

So this week…was

REINDEER  WEEK!

I was  going for REAL REINDEER.

We read books, watched VIDEOS, did real research ( yes, ONLINE!)

We even attempted to watch the

REINDEER.CAM

Can’t show kiddos in my district…

TOO MUCH SANTA!

I know…don’t go there!

So …I kept it real!

ONLY REAL REINDEER!

I was going for NON-FICTION!

They did great!

As an adult, I felt they had mastered

 a LOT

of information!

What do reindeer LOOK like?

Where do they LIVE?

What do they EAT?

( One of our movies mentioned MUSHROOMS…

BOY did they pick up on that!)

And then….

what makes them different

 (special )

from

other ANIMALS?

Here are some of our writings…

(Don’t judge….we have NOT edited for CONVENTIONS..

Just  CONTENT!!  🙂

Sorry pics are turned…

Can’t get them to TURN! UGH!

No where…no how…

did I   MENTION

SANTA  or   RUDOLPH!

99%  of my student’s wrote that the important thing about REINDEER is…

THEY PULL SANTA’S  SLEIGH

AND

THE LEADER IS…RUDOLPH!

And THAT is NON FICTION!

HAHAHAHA

But that is their

 PRIOR  KNOWLEDGE!

SO CUTE!

They brought it into their writing!

Let their VOICES be heard!

And so…

ADULTS  BE  AWARE!

The little ones WILL be HEARD!

I LOVE TEACHING FIRST GRADE!

They make me GIGGLE!

If you need some writing help…

WRITE  ON!

ENJOY!

What’s UP in Room 3?

Have I mentioned…

I  LOVE  FALL

OK…Many times.

I live in NORCAL.

We don’t have the  TRADITIONAL

4 seasons.

DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE  4   ????

In NORCAL…

we have

Summer ( 90-100 degrees )

Fall   (  80-90 degrees)

Winter   (  foggy…  60-70 degrees…sometimes cooler )

Spring  ( 70-90 degrees )

It’sOK…I LOVE my HOMETOWN.

Sometimes.

OH…well…  🙂

And so on.

SO now that it’s 80 degrees & FALL..

What’s UP in ROOM 3??

BRAG  TAGS!

We use Brag Tags on rings during the month.

They earn BRAG TAGS

for

 following classroom / school rules

AND

Lifeskills

At the end of each month…

They  transfer  their earned BRAG TAGS  from RINGS..

To  string  necklaces.

They get to wear their necklaces ALL DAY AT SCHOOL

and then

HOME!

( Parents are told at BTS night

 to REWARD their kids for necklaces

 at the end of the month!)  🙂

English   Language   Arts

Word  Sorts…NO GLUE!

Pick 3 crayons.

Color the words according to the KEY!

Write!

Back from 2 week vacation.

TEACHER…..CLEAN   YOUR   TABLE!

 I don’t have a teacher desk.           #bestdecisionever

Reading  ROCKERS!    #alternativeseating

Birthday  Books.

On each student’s brthday  ( or close  to ),

We make a class BIRTHDAY  BOOK!

We  do these during  MUST DO TIME!

Independent  work.

We have a “FRAME” style we use.

Everyone makes a page.

We STAPLE together and VOILA!

CLASS   BIRTHDAY  PRESENT!

We sing and dance as we PRESENT ( haha )  it to the birthday  student!

LAST..( whew..what a  week !)

GUIDED MATH

My  newest  &  favorite time of the day!

 We are doing

MATH  MUST  DO’s  &  MAY  Do’s

( Same format as ELA centers in the AM )

KEEP  YOUR  ROUTINES  THE  SAME!

We go the the MATH  Calendar  (  next to ELA  Calendar  )

after  lunch.

Math  Calendar

After  we go through the “math board”…

We NOW ( Quarter 2)  do MATH MUST DO’S.

(  Approx.  45   minutes  )

Must DO’s

#1    MATH    JOURNAL

Story  Problem  with  illustrations &  number  sentence.

#2    Math  Paper

A  Workbook Page FROM  YESTERDAY ( review )

#3    MATH   TUB  (center)  with a PARTNER

I do the whole class MATH lesson  BEFORE  centers.

SOMETIMES we do the workbook page together…sometimes they do.

Depends on the Lesson.  We  have a district curriculum to follow.

( Approx.  time    45  minutes  )

What  am I doing?

GUIDED   MATH   GROUPS!

I meet with 2-3  kids at a time.

We work on a STRATEGY.

NO  worksheets!

They need  to have independent  strategies to do ON THEIR OWN!

I  can’t  take the assessments  FOR THEM!

So…

Here  is  what’s  UP  in room 3!

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Balanced Literacy in First Grade! Let’s start with READ ALOUDS!

I can’t  believe this is year 26!

MY own twins were in first grade MY first year of teaching!

( NOT in my class…TG…)

Each year things CHANGE!

CHANGE is NOT a BAD thing!

It can make you rethink, reevaluate, redo, remake, revitalize!

After 26 years…I can HONESTLY say..

I will NOT throw out the BABY with the BATHWATER!

WHAT????

OK…We have a new curriculum.  AGAIN!

EVERY  7 YEARS..

Whether you want it …or NOT!

And so, here we go again.

It really doesn’t matter  what “program” you give me.

BALANCED  Literacy

 is 

BALANCED Literacy

My “STRESS” level rises when I try to plan .

HOW TO FIT IT ALL IN?

Reality check…

Some days I can…some days I can’t.

It’s ok. 

Life won’t end if you don’t do it ALL!

BUT..

TRY!

Let’s start with 

READ  ALOUDS!

I  start  my day with a READ ALOUD.

AND

I end my day with a READ ALOUD!

( I try to make ONE of those Read Alouds

 a SCIENCE,SOCIAL STUDIES, or HOLIDAY story)

INTEGRATE whenever YOU can!

After EVERY story…WE Discuss.

Characters.

Setting.

Problem.

Solution.

EVERY Read Aloud.  

Discuss for  10 minutes …MAX!

Highly Effective! 

When students THINK about a story, “turn & talk”

about it, use the “academic language” from the story they are engaged!

They might NOT take it on for themselves the first time…..

but…over time, they will!

This week I heard some “reading partners”

 discussing  our anthology

story.

I heard “MAIN CHARACTER”, “Beginning, Middle, END”, 

“How did they SOLVE that Problem?”

WOWZA! 

 Teacher  Happy DANCE!

If you need suggeastions for Read Alouds…PINTEREST!

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I use ANY Science Books,

 Scholastic News,

MY Classroom Library,

 MAGAZINES ( use Non-Fiction also ),

and One Week a MONTH…

We read a chapter book!

Their current FAVORITE!

How do we ask kids to “SEE THE PICTURES IN YOUR MIND”…

If we never teach them HOW TO?

Chapter books are GREAT!

LOTS of dicussion.  Review what you read.

Make connections.

Change YOUR Speed &TONE as you read.

Remember…this generation is VISUAL & ACTIVE!

( Think Video games & Movies…)

So …draw them in with your VOICE, FACIAL EXPRESSIONS, & Reading SPEED!

THEY will LOVE IT!

They ask if it’s a chapter Book week on MONDAYS!

Read Alouds bring children into the WORLD of Imagination!

It allows them to go outside of their daily world,

into new & exciting places!

Think of reading on MOMMY & DADDY’s lap.

NOT all kids get to do that!

( Sniff..sniff)

YOU

May be the ONLY one who does that!

DO IT!

And do it WELL!

Your kids WILL LOVE YOU for it!

If you need a BALANCED LITEREACY RESOURCE…

This  154 page resource binder is AMAZING!

It has ALL of the resources you will need to

create a

BALANCED LITERACY

classroom!

Happy Fall ‘YALL!

From NorCal 🙂

Build it and They will COME!

Build It..and they will come!

Build WHAT?
Has ANYONE seen the Kevin Costner Movie…
FIELD OF DREAMS?
On MY top 10 of ALL TIME GREATS!
Yes..I love baseball  (  GO  SF  GIANTS!  )
But
This is SOOOO  much MORE!
It’s about never giving up.
Keep  trying.
When others tell you that YOU are CRAZY..
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!
I  LOVE  THAT!
( sniff…sniff… hold on now)
OK.
SO How do I give my 6 year old FIRSTIES
a chance to EXPLORE their dreams?
To “think OUTSIDE the BOX”?
To …go the extra mile?
Recently, I have been exploring
Genius Hour.
First of ALL…I don’t have an hour.
Secondly, their little minds and bodies couldn’t focus on ANYTHING for an hour.
So make it REAL
30 minutes of MAYHEM!
NO.
I don’t call it that!
( Even if it makes my OCD heart skip a beat!)
FUN  FRIDAY!
Now…this is NOT your “Teacher KICKS BACK while kids DO WHATEVER THEY WANT!”
This is a structured time of the week ( ANY DAY WILL WORK)
where kids get “tools” to BUILD!
I tell them they are building a city.
We brainstorm (chart with pictures – Lots of EL students )
ALL of the things WE want
in a PERFECT city!
(They want LOTS of PARKS…grass…Ice cream stores…etc )
And then I group them into groups of 4.
I switch them each week.
I get out their “TOOLS”…
Blocks…Garage Sale & “FRIENDS” donations
Their FAVORITE!
Toothpicks & marshmellows..
Engineers in ACTION!
Math Blocks…Want to learn about “sides”, “corners”, “flats”, “rolls” ?
Use them!
Oldie but a goodie!
They LOVE to follow the picture DIAGRAMS!
Get out your MATH Manipulatives…and let them PLAY!
NO! Not “PLAY” 🙂  …BUILD!
Build a CITY!
CUBES!
And the ALL TIME  FAVORITE…..
LEGOS!
Giant TUB!
I ask Parents to donate a small baggie of their “extras” from home.
We add them to the tub!
I may need a LARGER tub! 🙂
And so..don’t forget.
If you want to encourage kids to DREAM BIG!
We have to let them do it!
Create, problem solve, share, plan, explore.
I hope the future leaders of our country can do ALL of it!
(Better start teaching them HOW!)
And remember…you need to be a part of it also.
I  do.
We  do.
You  do.
WOW!
Excuse me.
I have some “creating” to do with those legos!

Primary Teachers are..QUIRKY! #GIGGLES #Freebie # Giveaway

Primary Teachers
are
QUIRKY!
HUH???
Quirky is defined as…
”  something that is strange/not normal but cool. Unconventional, surprising, odd.”
You mean ME?  I am…. ODD?
YES! YOU!
Here are the top 5 reasons PRIMARY Teachers are QUIRKY!
We like to “DRESS UP”!
Now in most professions there is a RULE of  PROFESSIONAL ATTIRE.
In Teaching…we are a little “QUIRKY”!
We tend to “go the extra mile!”
And it’s a GOOD thing!
( May have to add that to THING 1 & THING 2).
You get MY drift!
How many TEACHER Tshirts do YOU own?
Do YOU wear SCHOOL shirts on FRIDAY?
Do YOU OWN a Dr. Suess HAT?
Do you DESIRE a pair of shoes or socks that look like a PENCIL?
See?  Just a LITTLE  QUIRKY!
 AND …HEELS???
 Who can chase little ones
 or grab the glue bottle
 before it puddles
on the floor..
in heels?
You see…QUIRKY!
SMELLS..
Who doesn’t LOVE to walk into a room smelling of…
LAVENDER
COFFEE
FLOWERS
COOKIE DOUGH
etc.,  etc.
We all DO!
And so we PACK IN THE SMELLY STUFF!
And then …24 LITTLE ONES go outside for RECESS.
AND they come back in…
SMELLING LIKE WET PUPPIES!
UGH!
 And SOME of those 6 year old WET PUPPIES..
NEED  DEODORANT!
And so…we retreat to our OLD FRIEND…
* in MY district you NOW must obtain a 1 hr. PD and  get a “CERTIFICATE” to use CLOROX wipes in the classroom.
A Little QUIRKY!
But…we do what we need to do to survive!
Myself…I prefer cookie dough candles..  JUST  ME.
DON’T LIGHT THEM…JUST SMELL THEM! 🙂
Lunch.
A Primary teacher’s lunch is a LITTLE  QUIRKY!
First, it has to have pieces that can be held in
ONE  HAND!
I always laugh when someone says,
” You HAVE 40 minutes for LUNCH?”
Yeah…after I get 25 kids to the cafeteria.
AND…one doesn’t forget their lunch and we have to walk back & do it AGAIN!
AND…if I don’t have to call a parent.
AND..if I don’t need to run off papers.
AND..if I don’t need to correct spelling tests, prepare the SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS, write a note,
AND..HEAVEN FORBID..
GO TO THE BATHROOM!
( Don’t forget to EAT…it will be ANOTHER 4 hours until you are FREE!)
So…bring a lunch that can be eaten in ONE HAND!
The other hand MAY BE BUSY!
A LITTLE QUIRKY!
DIY
Those DREADED WORDS!
Do  It  YOURSELF..NEVER!  NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!
I don’t think I have EVER started a DIY where I didn’t involve someone else!
 Thank YOU to my WONDERFUL HUBBY..
He puts up with my QUIRKINESS!
Spray PAINT!
Did YOU feel your hands get clammy?
How your heart rate INCREASED?
You have a smile on YOUR FACE?
NEON    SPRAY   PAINT!
Do YOU feel the “NEED”…to  spray
SOMETHING?
I know..it’s OK..
I think some people are “wired” with it.
The NEED  to PAINT!
And we do..
We will SPRAY EVERYTHING!
And…it’s OK!
( I’m sure SOMEWHERE…there is a 12 step program for this!)
QUIRKY?
YEAH!
BAGS!
No.Not grocery bags.
I mean BIG, LONG HANDLED, BRIGHTLY COLORED, (maybe) on wheels,
BAGS!
“I Like BIG bags & I cannot lie…”
(I think it’s a SONG)
Me dancing…
But…
LOOK AT THE BRIGHT COLORS!
We will carry 50-80 POUNDS of STUFF in ONE BAG..
GOTTA keep MY hands FREE!
And not think twice about it.
I AM NOT walking BACK to MY classroom AGAIN!
Yes…I can carry it ALL in one trip!
(Why do my shoulders & my back hurt so much?!)
But LOOK at the BRIGHT COLORS! So cute!
No…I will NOT buy 24 folders at TARGET for 17 cents each!
 I just bought the CUTEST  “31”  BAG..  🙂
A LITTLE  QUIRKY!
And so..
Some of us were MEANT to be PRIMARY TEACHERS.
AND some are NOT!
To those who are…
HOLD YOUR SPRAYPAINTED FINGER UP HIGH..WEAR YOUR TSHIRTS PROUDLY…
AND  SMELL  the QUIRKINESS  in YOUR  WORLD!
WELCOME  to the CLUB!
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