We hope all of you had a great week! In North Carolina we are definitely ready for Spring!
This week we're linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching (it's our favorite Friday thing to do :) and Teaching Maddeness…
1. This week we added a new item to our TpT and TN store! It is a Family Message Journal. Family Message Journals are a way to create a home-school connection with your kiddos! They are very kid, family, and teacher friendly! Each week students write a letter to their family based on a prompt given to them. Over the weekend, a member of their family writes them back. They are quite fun to read year after year! If you are looking for a quick way to practice writing, and involve families in the process…this is just what you need!
2. How do you display learning objectives and student work in your classroom? Sarah has found a really neat and organized way to do so…I think I’ll try this next year! With each new unit, Sarah changes the objective cards and vocabulary cards (purchased from Anna Brantley and Deanna Jump), as well as, adds examples of work the kiddos are doing and pictures of them learning about the concepts! They use the board to reference vocabulary words and strategies as needed. Such an organized way to show student learning!
3. We have been busy reading “across the genres!” The kiddos have really enjoyed hearing and reading a variety of books. We decided to have a “book club” in our classrooms. When students want to make book suggestions to friends in their classroom, they write the title of the book, who would like it, and why. We keep the books on a special shelf in each of our classrooms. The books are labeled with the student’s names so that other kiddos know who is suggesting the book. It has been a fun way to encourage students to read books that they may not have necessarily picked out themselves.
4. At the beginning of the year, we were looking for a way to do Literature Circles with some of our high readers. We found a great Literature Circle packet for primary age students. Each time we meet with this group of kiddos, we assign them to a book or portion of a book to read. They also are assigned a task to complete independently based on what they read. It’s been great to have students be able to read books appropriate for their reading level…and work on comprehension skills that they are ready for! If you are looking for a way to add enrichment to a reading group in your classroom, we recommend this packet highly. Below you’ll see a picture of a book we recently read and 2 examples of a Literature Circle job completed by students.
5. “First Grade Buddies” is on Pinterest now! We are excited to pin all the neat ideas that we find! There are so many talented teachers out there!
Have a great weekend!