Monthly Archives: May 2011
Friday (May 27th) was our last day of school! Whoopeeeeee!!!! Hello summer!
But, I will miss my wonderful 6th graders! Mr. Brady and I had 38 wonderful, well-behaved 6th graders this year. We took a picture of them on the football field waving good-bye! Here they are:
They made a poster for me, and they made one for Mr. Brady-here is a picture of mine.
On our last day of school we got out at 12:30 so hardly anyone came to school that day (it was actually one of our makeup days from the winter storm). There was one 2nd grade teacher who had NO students show up, some teachers had 3 or 5-I HAD 9 GIRLS THAT CAME TO SCHOOL. They had a blast!! They helped me with some stuff-then they played mad libs on the board, we went outside, we went to lunch, then they wrote their own play and acted it out twice!!!! It was so funny and cute! It is amazing the creativity that they can exhibit when you just get out of their way!!!! Here is what they wrote on the board before they left school that day-
This was my 1st year teaching 6th grade so I wasn’t really sure at the beginning what I wanted to do with independent reading. I read The Book Whisper by Donna Miller and decided to set a goal of 40 books for the year. Well, of course I didn’t provide them with the time in class to read indpendently because we focused so much on Scott Foresman so I only had 4 students out of 38 that met or exceeded their goal. They were 4 girls that loved to read anyway! Here are pictures of 3 of them holding their U.S. map with 40 or more states colored in to represent total books read.
Next year I am going to set the goal at 50 or more books. However, I am going to implement The Daily 5 (or Daily 2, maybe) and CAFE in my classroom which means they are going to have A LOT more time in class to read independently. I can’t wait!!
I am also going to change some of the genre requirements for what they read independently from what I had them do this year. AND-their entire reading notebook is going to be restructured!!!
This is the image that I am going to TRY to turn into my blog button. Pray for me!!!
Here are the things that have to be considered:
1. It is very difficult to follow-I have ordered a class set of this book so that every student has a copy in their hands. Also, I introduced it by having them fill out a predict-o-gram with words/terms that are in the book. We periodically revisited this sheet and made changes when necessary. I also gave them a character sheet and as we read through the book I had them write things down when we were introduced to a character or given more information.
2. There are 40 chapters in this book-I did not start this book as soon as I should have so we really crunched some chapters together toward the end.
3. It is very difficult to follow-Did I say this already? I should have taken some time throughout the year to introduce some things so they would be more easily understood as they came up in the book-stock market(definitely!!!!), chess, not sure what else but these are 2 biggies!!!!!!
At first I was frustrated along with the kids because there were so many characters to keep straight, and the way the book is written the scenes keep jumping (quickly). BUT-WE ENDED UP LOVING THIS BOOK!!!!! We finished it today-some of my girls (avid readers) did NOT want the book to end!!!!!
I will definitely keep this on my read aloud list and put it at the end of the year again-BUT will build up to it all year!!!