Monday, September 15, 2014

Daily 5: Week 2

This is my first year trying out the Daily 5, and I have to say that it is my students' FAVOURITE part of the morning!

Here's what the rotations looked like during Week 2:
WORD WORK
During Word Work, students practised their spelling words using Spelling Sticks. This is from Regan's 'Sight Word Spelling' pack {here}...it's awesome!
For 'Stick Em Up', they pulled a spelling stick out of the container, read the word, wrote the word, and wrote it along the stick on their page.
For 'Stick Sentences' they pulled a spelling stick out of the container, wrote the word on the stick on their page, then used it to write a sentence.
LISTEN TO READING
Students are enjoying a story from the free site Storyline Online, then filling in a response form in their Listen to Reading folder.
READ TO SELF

Students are reading 'good fit' books from the classroom library.
READ WITH A PARTNER
For this round, students are doing 'Roll, Read, and Highlight'. It is from Cara's pack {here}...it's awesome! Students take turns rolling a die, reading the fluency phrase, and highlighting it. First one to finish their page wins :) 
WORK ON WRITING
There is a TON of choice for students in this station, including writing lists, stories, labelling, writing opinions, narratives, writing to inform, writing sticker stories, etc. 

We are LOVIN' the Daily 5!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Selfies!

We worked on this 'Selfie' page to introduce ourselves at the beginning of the school year :)
These would go PERFECTLY with an 'All About Me' theme too!
Below are samples...as I can't show you the real thing due to the personal information on them.



The set is differentiated for various levels.

One has blanks to fill in,
 Selfie {All About Me Craftivity}
sample

another has room for writing sentences,
 Selfie {All About Me Craftivity}
sample

and the third has space for writing as well as for drawing  themselves taking a selfie from another perspective! Students can draw or glue a photo of themselves in the phone, then make themselves from the back.

 Selfie {All About Me Craftivity}

 Selfie {All About Me Craftivity}


sample

You can find the Selfie {All About Me Craftivity} by clicking the pic below!
 Selfie {All About Me Craftivity}

Monday, September 08, 2014

Daily 5!

This week we started the Daily 5!
Here are the five stations that students rotated through this week:
READ TO SELF

 These magazine folders have the students' numbers on them, and are {now} filled with good-fit books!

READ WITH A PARTNER
At 'Read With a Partner', students take turns reading fluency phrases to each other {from Cara's pack}. They can even choose to read with a 'special voice' eg. like a pirate, whisper, etc. and use these microphones to speak into as they read :)

WORK ON WRITING

 There are SO MANY choices at the 'Work on Writing' area! Here is Lyndsey's pack, where students can choose a writing prompt and write about their opinion, write to inform, or write a narrative.
 There's also plain paper, lined paper, stationary, sticker stories (the turquoise pail has stickers in it)...
my lists and word cards, Tara's writing pack, with writing letters to someone, making cards for someone, Tara's story starters,  my labelling pages....
 my writing topic prompts, story bubbles, clipboards to 'write the room'....something for everyone!


WORD WORK
Here students are practising their spelling words by writing them out, then figuring out what the secret codes would be when using the buttons on their cell phones.

LISTEN TO READING
 At 'Listen to Reading', students listen to a story on the free Storyline Online site, then fill in a writing response page to tell about the story.

Daily 5 is a HUGE hit in our classroom! I love how students are practising important literacy skills at their own pace, in fun and engaging ways!

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