Thursday, March 29, 2012

Signs of Spring (freebie writing activity)

Yipee! We have a 3 hour early dismissal tomorrow, and then we are on SPRING BREAK! My goodness, I am beyond excited for this much-needed break. I have ABSOLUTELY NO PLANS, and I couldn’t be happier. I am excited to veg out, relax, go hiking, drink coffee, relax, clean (if motivated), and RELAX some more!
We’ve been knee deep learning all about nouns and adjectives, so I figured springtime was a PERFECT opportunity to extend that learning. Tomorrow I am taking my class on a nature walk around school and to our school’s green garden to do some detective work! I plan on giving them the organizer and writing activity found below, and some watercolor paper to illustrate/paint their observations. I’ll post pictures sometime this weekend (if I don’t forget my camera! Why do I always forget it? Eeek!)
Grab your freebies below by clicking on either of the images:
Happy (almost) Friday!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Fluency Checklist (for students)

Here’s the poster I display at my fluency center in my classroom:
At the station, students can:

choose a story that is “just right” for them

practice reading their story

record themselves reading

listen back and self-evaluate using the self-evaluation sheet you see below

It is a great way for students to become self-learners. I also allow them to peer-evaluate sometimes. I especially love this station because they are able to recognize their accomplishments and areas that need work, without needing to hear it from a teacher.
Grab the poster and evaluation sheet below:
Do you have a fluency station/center in your classroom? How is it set-up?
I’d love to hear from you!
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