As I am writing this post I am realizing how BEHIND I am with my blogging - I have been faithfully taking pictures of activities yet haven't found the time to post anything! ... and so here I am blogging quickly on my teacher work day ... Sshhhhhhhhh! :)
We are currently learning about "sequencing" in reading ... so here is a sequence of this weeks actives
(notice all the sequencing clue words and phrases *wink* I know I missed a few!)
As mentioned before, we have been studying "sequencing" in reading.
I started the week off my having the students create sequence story time lines. First I modeled one and we did it as a class, then individually they did it on their own time lines during independent reading time. I definitely had some kids that struggled with this at first and this helped me identify them right away. We discussed how easily we could use these time lines to create a summary.
What does sequencing help a reader to do? (anchor chart)
- Understand what is happening in the story
- Summarize what the story was about
- Remember what we read
During my guided reading groups (which I am working VERY hard this year to focus more on) each group did sequence activities - example, in my low group we ordered story event strips correctly with a partner.
Yesterday, we did one of my favorite lessons. As an intro hook, I read to them "The Butter Battle" by Dr. Seuss (a FAVORITE every year!) and then told them that there was a CORRECT way to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!
NOTE: You will need enough bread for each student to have at least one piece!
This one ^^ was definitely one that got spread on my hand :)
I am happy to say that after a week of sequencing, those struggling with the concept on Monday had it solid by Friday!! *success*
To finish off this weeks post ... I thought I would share a random activity my partner teacher and I do every year. She does pumpkin math every year ending with the students carving a face in their pumpkins with geometric shapes ... the next day 5th grade participates in the annual "Pumpkin Chuck!" The principal opens the roof access for us and we climb up, pumpkins and all, onto the roof! Our system of getting the pumpkins up is pretty ghetto and consists of a rope, hook and circular laundry basket :) We then chuck them off the roof to the