Saturday, September 15, 2012
Bad Blogger Award
I have given myself a blog recognition- The Bad Blogger Award! Blogging was so fun and easy this summer while I was preparing to go back to school. Now that school has actually started, I am so tired I can hardly put 2 coherent sentences together.
But now that the initial back to school craziness is over- we had our Parent Curriculum Night this week and have been in school 3 weeks now- I think I'm ready to get back to blogging about all the things we have been doing.
I have a very sweet class this year. A little too chatty sometimes, but lots of fun! I introduced them to Pete the Cat this week, and I wish I could show you pictures of them rocking out to the songs! We didn't get to many activities based on Pete except some journal writing. I see pictures of all the cute "craftivities" some bloggers complete with their students each week and I just don't know how they find the time. Our days are so full! Here's a rundown of a typical day:
(All times are approximate; we're never completely on schedule!)
8:10-8:30 Students arrive, unpack, write homework in planner, complete morning work. Announcements are at 8:20.
8:30-8:45 Calendar. I do mine on the Smartboard and I've added a lot of number talk)
8:45-9:00 Morning Message, shared reading or read aloud
9:00-9:30 Word Study- Our district created a new word study plan this year utilizing a lot of Pat Cunningham's ideas. We use Making Words and other activities from her book Phonics They Use to study different word families each week. Right now we are doing short a families. We try to teach handwriting during this time as well.
9:30-10:30 Daily Five- We are still introducing the components. So far we have done Read to Self and Work on Writing. (In my class, Work on Writing is actually Write About Reading.) Our mini lessons have been on topics such as how to choose a just-right book, the five W's of reading, 3 ways to read a book, making connections and lots of procedural lessons. The first 2 weeks of school we did do several "craftivities" based on books and several name activities. I have to confess we have also done some cut and paste type worksheets for the sole purpose of giving me time to assess reading levels using the Fountas and Pinnell leveling kit. This is new for us this year; we have used Rigby in the past. I like F&P so much better, but I think it takes a little longer. We are supposed to be ready for guided reading in another week.
10:30-11:15 Writer's Workshop- We use Lucy Calkins Units of Study so we have been been completing the launching lessons. I have some incredible writers this year!
Whew, this post is way too long and I'm only up to lunch. I'd love to see other first grade schedules. How do you find time for everything?