Read and Write 180-Day 67
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
I only ended up with 15 minutes left in class today after teaching whole group everything. Sigh. Something’s gotta give!
So this is what we’ve been doing last week and this week:
1. Sentence labeling
2. Write a paragraph from that sentence-Go over 1 person’s writing on the ELMO
3. Spelling workbook page
4. English workbook page
5. Whole group reading………………………………………………………….
So this is what I’m thinking about changing (as usual!):
Keep the sentence labeling. This is the ONLY reason that the kids are getting better with parts of speech, subjects and predicates. Of course, I do tend to wonder why this is important (except to get them ready for high school) because how many times in our REAL LIVES do we have to know this stuff? However, we DO have to write clearly and smoothly.
So, I’m thinking about doing away with the spelling (totally) and the english workbook page. And putting more writing in place. I know this doesn’t solve my problem of how to fit in small group instruction BUT it will solve the fact that I think I am doing a HORRIBLE job of teaching them writing! 🙂
Anywho- this week we are working on identifying generalizations when we read, and I was going to show them a cute video BUT I didn’t realize it was a youtube video until I clicked on “play” in the classroom. BLOCKED. I showed them a generalization power point and we discussed it. It was created by a teacher at a school in Wetumpka-not me. 🙂 Here it is for you if you want to use it.
Tomorrow I’ll show the generalization video-our district has an account with VuSafe which allows us to show youtube videos during school hours. 🙂
Since our comprehension strategy focus this week is asking questions I had them work in groups to talk about questions they are wondering about our story that we started reading today. Then I wrote them on a chart and we answered them as we read the story. They actually prodded me to return to the chart and write the answers since I tend to get sort of caught up when reading. 🙂
I always read the story out loud to them (I think most teachers have them listen to the CD, but you know I’m really a great reader so I feel like they can get into it more if I read it to them. I’m just saying…. 🙂
I read 1/2 of it to them on Tuesday and the other 1/2 on Wednesday. I really wish I had 2 more full days for them to read it again because I would like to assign them sections to practice and then have them read it with partners or in a group a 2nd time. Hmmm…not sure what to do about that. We take our test on Thursdays-maybe I could move the test to Fridays, but then the fresh read test would have to be given on Thursdays, but that wouldn’t take up as much time. Hmmm…
I have lots to think about over the Thanksgiving break which is NEXT WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ALL WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂