Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Hand Motions and Gestures to Enhance Strategy Learning

Happy Thanksgiving Friends and Blogging Family!  

Special thanks to Ann and my other teaching friends who sent emails and inquired about the hand motions and gestures we use in Room 102 when connecting our beanie critters to strategy learning. 
I do not have an "official typed list" ready yet, but hopefully I can help in a more personal way!
 The following teaching video shows The FAB 4 and other popular strategy motions that we are using at this time of the school year.  Perhaps in February, I will add a second video to share more!
You should know that I was so impressed when recording this video!  My kids were doing a round of Daily 5 and didn't even notice their teacher making a silly gestures to the iPad!

For more on the Critter Cafe, click here or on the image below.
Beanie Baby Reading Strategy Posters for the Common Core C

Have a filling and blessed Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

November Edition of Daily 5 in Room 102!

Good News Teachers!
The Daily 5 (Second Edition)
The Daily 5, Second Edition gives teachers everything they need to launch and sustain the Daily 5, including materials and setup, model behaviors, detailed lesson plans, specific tips for implementing each component, and solutions to common challenges. By following this simple and proven structure, teachers can move from a harried classroom toward one that hums with productive and engaged learners.
 Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: That Was Then, This Is Now: How the Daily 5 Has Evolved
Chapter 2: Our Core Beliefs: The Foundations of the Daily 5
Chapter 3: The 10 Steps to Teaching and Learning Independence
Chapter 4: What Do You Need to Begin the Daily 5?
Chapter 5: Launching Read to Self—The First Daily 5
Chapter 6: Foundation Lessons
Chapter 7: When to Launch the Next Daily 5
Chapter 8: The Math Daily 3
Chapter 9: Returning to Our Core Beliefs
Appendix A: Stamina Chart
Appendix B: Read to Self Guide
Appendix C: Work on Writing Guide
Appendix D: Read to Someone Guide
Appendix E: Listen to Reading Guide
Appendix F: Word Work Guide
Appendix G: Sample Guest Teacher Plans
Appendix H: Sample Parent Letter
Appendix I: Lesson Plans for Launching the Daily 5 and 
                   CAFE Bibliography

For a more detailed explanation and inside look at the revised Daily 5 edition, follow the link below for a special video by Gail and Joan!

Also available on DVD-
The Daily 5 Alive!
The Daily Five Alive! (DVD)
My district has been extremely supportive of the Daily 5 and offers the primary teaching staff a yearly subscription to The Daily CAFE!  I love getting these weekly updates from the sisters!

This week at The Daily CAFE, articles revolve around reteaching procedures to GOOD FIT Books and making sure students are still focused on stamina when shopping for just right text selections.

Last Week, there were some fantastic downloads and videos on BAROMETER children and how they affect the overall "climate" of our classrooms.  Tips, suggestions, and videos were really helpful!

Now here is what November Daily 5 looks like in Room 102!

During Read to Self time (Rounds 1 and 2) students may choose to get on the computer and take Accelerated Reader quizzes online.  Our building has a school-wide reading incentive with AR and the kids love getting charms for successful reading behaviors!
PlayDoh is STILL a huge hit during Word Work.  I was thinking this activity would fizzle after awhile, but the kids just LOVE it!  I've added more PlayDoh to my Christmas wish list!

Now this made his dear teacher happy, seeing his reference binder up on his desk, while he was working on making lists during Work on Writing!  xoxo
We are up to 6 choices on our Work on Writing Menu!  
(Story, Note, List, Book, How To, and Letter)
The new technology favorite.....LISTEN to READING!  My OH My... The kids just LOVE this one!
Notice I added "Tech Help" on the I Chart!  If the Listen to Reading Team Leader experiences any "technical difficulties" he or she must CALL Tech Help before asking the teacher!  Hehehehehe!  I do love my tech helpers!
I received this wonderful Listening Center Cart with GRANT monies from last year!  A BIG thanks to my district for being so kind!!!
This cart on wheels is amazing!  And, when the last round of Daily 5 is finished for the day, the students roll it back under the table to save space! Boy does that make this teacher VERY happy!
Last week, we had the pleasure of welcoming Rockin' Readin' Rooster to our Critter CAFE!
Rockin' Readin' Rooster is helping us build our stamina and be VIVACIOUS readers!
To help with that, I use my favorite Scholastic Sight Word Poems and Phonics Poems to recite in our beloved Share Circles!
Rockin Readin Rooster sits in the inner circle, listening to which team has VIVACIOUS fluency!

We have also welcomed CC Cow, a favorite critter for helping us compare and contrast stories-
And the Critter Cafe couldn't resist having Stretcher the Snake join us for some Accuracy fun!

If you are new to the Critter Cafe, click on the image below to check it out!
Beanie Baby Reading Strategy Posters for the Common Core C

The following is an easy check out/check in form that I use.  It also serves as a nice piece of data to review at the end of every week.  I often like to make sure students aren't picking the same round over and over.
Daily 5: Check in/Check out form
Click on the above image for a Daily 5 Check in freebie on TPT.

I also have a ton of pins on my Daily 5, Critter Cafe, and
CAFE boards on Pinterest.  Be sure to check them out for some guaranteed inspiration!

I would like to thank Becca over at First Grade in Foxwell Forrest for hosting this month's Daily 5 Linky.  It's never to late to share your posts and celebrations with Daily 5 so please link up!
Have a great week my friends!
Be back soon for the next installment!

*The Daily 5 and CAFE are trademark and copy written content of Educational Design, LLC. The 2 Sisters. Educational Design, LLC. The 2 Sisters does not authorize or endorse the materials or content mentioned on this blog or in this linky party.

Monday, November 4, 2013

A Peek at Last Week's Pinterest-Inspired Fall Festival

Oh sweet friends, I am spinning my wheels, trying to 
catch up with this post before another week ZOOMS right on by!
Last week was so much fun!
The FABULOUS Four made a special appearance!
Students are taking on the roles of
Paula, the Predictor
Quincy, the Questioner
Clara, the Clarifier and
Sammy, the Summarizer.
Remember that Paula the Predictor makes her voice sound like a fortune teller as she rubs her crystal ball and makes predictions about what will happen in the story.
Quincy the Questioner is a Game Show Host who talks really fast and loud!  He (or she) uses the microphone to call out QUESTIONS they have during the story.
Clara the Clarifier wears the cool, blue shades to help her SEARCH OUT meaning for new, and interesting words found when reading.
 If she gets stuck on a word, IT'S COOL!  Clara will use her reading strategies to figure it out.  Finally, Sammy the Summarizer wears a cowboy hat and has a southern twang when he talks. He lassos above his head to show that he is ready to ROUND UP the main ideas of the story.
"VUNCE Upon a Time" was the perfect springboard to opinion writing.  The topic?  What is your favorite Halloween Candy?
I used Sarah Paul's Opinion Writing page found in her newest Fall Literacy  Pack!

Celebrity of the Week!
Congrats Breylyn!
Breylyn really enjoyed teaching the math lesson from the Elmo!
Breylyn also shared this cool non-fiction text on Sharks.
He is such a shark expert!
Who's NEW at the Critter Cafe?
First Graders would like to welcome C.C. Cow.
C.C. is short for "Compare & Contrast"
C.C. Cow showed us how to use graphic organizers like this Venn Diagram you see here to compare and contrast topics or themes.
After reading the spooky story, "The Spider and the Fly" we completed a Venn Diagram and realized that being honest holds much more merit than being dishonest, like the Spider.
LOVED our quick and easy KWL chart followed by a great non-fiction piece by National Geographic for Kids!
 Hey y'all, time for some Candy Corn FUN!!
Oh yeah!  Hold the phone.....
There is one more Venn Diagram that we thought was absolutely YUMMY!
C.C.Cow was very excited to help us compare these two topics!
And then we used our 5 senses to describe what Candy Corn looks like, tastes, like, feels like, smells like, and sounds like!

Students made their own Compare/Contrast organizers before snacking on our tasty treat!  (source: The Hands on Teacher)
By mid-week, the room was full of hot air!
Blowing Balloons was never more fun!
Look at the new substitute teacher in Room 102!
My gorgeous wrist corsage-
Along with dogs, bunnies, and cats for all the kiddos!
Jayne's dad is a Balloon Artist and brought in all of these fabulous critters to celebrate Jayne's birthday!
The kids loved their balloon critters SO MUCH that they asked for an extra round of Read to Self so they could read to their critters!

Fall Festival  was a HUGE success!
More Candy Corn Madness!
Who knew Math could be so yummy-fun!
"Make a Monster" was so cool!  Students had to add 3 digits, find the sum and draw that many monster parts!
Is that a shower curtain you ask?
Of course it is!
We are practicing counting on from any given point on the 120 chart.  Forwards AND BACKWARDS!  
We also used it to help us make reasonable estimates on our Candy Corn Stash Bags!

Fall Fest wouldn't be complete without some really SPOOKTACULAR tricks & treats!
The buffet line was out-of-this-world AWESOME!
Our Food Theme:  I've got my EYES on You!

My parents ROCKED the treats this year!
Woo Hoo!
Boy, I sure am one lucky teacher!
Parent-Teacher Conferences are tonight.
Wish me luck!
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