It’s my 8th year of teaching, and I STILL overplan!!!! It must be a disease. 🙂 So you could infer(working on this with my students) that I did not get to everything on my lesson plans today. You.are.right.
We talked about and practiced again how to work with a partner or in small groups. I think they have it down pat now! I had them to go ahead and update their reading record sheets in their IPOD binders, then update the 50 book goal sheets that are on our closet door. This is the 6th day of school, and a few of the kids have already finished 2 books!!! Some of them love to read! 🙂 Ahhhh, kindred spirits!
We had a mini-lesson on how to choose a book to read. It’s the IPICK method that the Two Sisters use.
I pick a book.
P urpose-What is my purpose for reading this book?
I nterest-Does it interest me?
C omprehend-Do I understand what I read?
K now-Do I know most of the words?
Here is the mini-lesson chart that the kids will put in their IPOD binders tomorrow to be able to refer to if needed!
Then I went over the “5 Finger” rule for knowing if a book is on their level. They pick a page to read in the book they want to read, read the page and hold up 1 finger for every word that they really struggle with. If they have more than 5 fingers held up when they finish reading the page, then the book is probably too difficult for them to understand or enjoy. Simple.
We began our read aloud today (I’ll be reading 4 novels to them this year). This 1st one is 6th Grade Can Really Kill You by Barthe DeClements. The other day we had talked about the title, the main character (Helen-nicknamed Bad Helen), and the back cover. Today we looked at the Table of Contents and made a couple of predictions and talked about the chapters that stood out to us-one that most of them agreed on was “The Retard Room”. I read most of the 1st chapter did some think alouds on inferring, we made some more predictions, and I went back in the text to find evidence that would confirm or reject our predictions. It went really well with both classes, and of course they did NOT want me to stop reading. Isn’t it amazing that even though a lot of students don’t like to read, they still LOVE to listen to stories. 🙂 They then had to write a personal reaction in their Read Aloud Notebook to Helen’s character(what they thought about her or how they felt about her).
And the only other thing we got to today (we must have been slow with our stuff today :)) was our 100%Me Poem which I got from the fabulous Jen at Runde’s Room Blog- http://rundesroom.blogspot.com/2011/08/100-me-friday-freebie.html THANKS, JEN! Check out her fantastic website!!!!!
It is a great activity for learning/doing/exploring:
character traits/thinking about themselves/poetry/and even math
You can download Jen’s pdf file which has all the directions on it, but let me tell you that when we created one of these poems together as a class-well, let’s just say that they did a fantastic job!!!!!!! I let them choose a character from a tv show to create the poem about-my homeroom class chose Jerry off of Tom and Jerry-my 2nd class chose ICarly.
Each student then had to create a poem about themselves. Tomorrow we will rewrite the poems and make pie graphs to reflect our percentages on our character traits. I think I’m going to hang these in the hall with their name art pictures for Open House which is Monday. Check back Monday for pictures of the finished products! 🙂
While they worked on their poems, I assessed a few more students by having them read aloud to me. I can’t wait to put all of these assessments and data together to make a plan for each child. (Well, I’m not really looking forward to the long task of compiling all the date, but I can’t wait for the end result to see the big picture on each student so I will know what type of instruction to deliver to the whole class, small groups, and individual students!!!!!)