It's Friday; so you know what that means...link up time!
Here are our 5 things!
1. We have added a new product in our store! We've been using this in our classrooms and it's yielding positive results. The best part...it's simple and requires very little preparation. There are 2 games included in this packet to practice Nonsense Word Fluency!
If you CLICK HERE, you will find a freebie that contains a Nonsense Word Fluency Word Sort and Nonsense Word Fluency Read the Room!
Here's our kiddos playing 1 of the games! Each child has to read a nonsense word that is projected on the SMART Board. If they get it right, they stay in the game. If they get it wrong, they're out. If they get a "Bzzzz" page, they are also out. They love this game and could play all day!
2. Our Flat Stanley's are coming back to NC! Look at this adorable FS! A student's grandfather works for the Coast Guard and took FS on quite an adventure...look at the FS size life vest!
As the Flat Stanley's arrive, we hang them in the hall with a map to show where FS has been. The kiddos love seeing the collection of letters, pictures, maps, and other items that friends and family send back with FS.
3. Several years ago, a speaker came to the school I was teaching at named Rick DuVall. One of the strategies he presented was called a reading comprehension graphic organizer called a "GoChart!" It is a very simple way to organize the students' and teacher thoughts before, during, and after reading. Below is an example, created with the book, Moose Tracks.
The P stands for Predictions: Students make predictions of what is going to happen based on the picture walk and discussion. (On this example, I recorded the predictions)
The V stands for Vocabulary: We usually front load the vocabulary by presenting difficult words that will be in the book and words that are important to the meaning of the story.
The U stands for Understanding: As we are reading (or as the student's are reading), we have the student's record "I Notice" statements to let me know what they are thinking about during the story.
The Q stand for Questions: As we're reading (or as the student's are reading), we have the student's record "I Wonder" statements that ask questions.
The C stands for Connections: At the end of the story we record connections made.
It's worth a try if you're looking for a new graphic organizer to test out in your room!
4. We have been busy this week working on our Spring has Sprung packet. Today we ended the week with a Spring egg hunt that contained reading, math, and science questions that had to be answered (included in the packet). The kiddos loved it! Neither of us got pictures of this; but we wish we had! Hopper is busy going home with kiddos each day, when he travels home with them, there are Spring books, question prompts, and a journal for the kiddos to write in (also all included in the packet). We like having this home - school connection this time of year when things get so crazy!
5. Have you ever seen these weekly "To Do" lists at the Dollar Spot at Target or elsewhere? We love them! They are such a handy way to keep our To Do lists somewhat organized...and they are cute to boot! Today we were able to cross "Report Cards" our lists (whew!)!
Have a GREAT weekend!