Thursday, June 20, 2013

Book Study-Next Step in Guided Reading and Linking up with Throwback Thursday!

I was thrilled to see the new book study on Jan Richardson's book, The -Next Step in Guided Reading!  I have used this book for that last few years and adore it!  As you may know, after teaching Kindergarten for 10 years, I moved to First Grade last year.  I reread the book last summer with a  new purpose!  This summer I have brought it home again to reread.  I always take away new things!
The Next Step in Guided Reading: Focused Assessments and Targeted Lessons for Helping Every Student Become a Better Reader
Chapter One is all about preparing.  I always have to remind myself to take it slow and review, review, and review with my kiddos what the expectations are.  Though it is a long process, it totally pays off for the rest of the year!
Organizing what my day would look like took me awhile this past year.  In Kindergarten I spent many years using literacy centers and stations while I met with my groups.  When moving to First Grade, I was ready to dive into the Daily 5!  I loved it and so did the kids!  They were always excited EVERYDAY when I announced that it was time for Daily 5.
With that said, it still took some time and a lot of tweaking to figure out the best way to fit it all in.  Once we were up and running, it was like a well oiled machine!
Below is a picture of the chart the students used to clip their choices.  I got this last summer at Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations's TPT Store
This photo is from last summer when I made it at home.
I am looking forward to the next chapter on Assessment!
Check out all the other posts on this chapter by going to:
Kreative in Kinder
Over at First Grade Parade she is having a Throwback Thursday Weekly Linky Party! 
I thought it would be fun to repost the following entry of my little blog.
Last summer, my own kiddos became pen pals with some cousins who live far away.  This next school year, I have plans to pen pal write with another First Grade Class!  Maybe these will give you some ideas!

I wanted to share with you a new activity that we are starting!  Pen Pals!  We have cousins that live all over and we do not get to see them much at all.  So, I thought that it would be fun for my kiddos to get to know some of them by being pen pals. 

We wanted to do something special for them for our first correspondence. So, where did I turn?  To Pinterest, of course! Here is a photo of our kits that we created for our cousins! You can get the printable label and poem here!

We also included a fun information sheet that was also found on Pinterest.
You can get one too, here!

Do you do pen pals with your kiddos or in the classroom?  I would love to hear about it!



Mrs. M

I am a second grade teacher. I have done pen pals for the past 5 years with a school in the town I live in. My students are in a different town so they really think that it is cool to receive the letters! I actually drop them off and pick them up instead of mailing them. The teacher in the other school combines students from different classes (3-5) and then sends us the letters. We have larger class sizes at my school. We write one month and then they write back the next month. You should do it!

Elizabeth Hall

I love the pen pal template! That would be perfect to use with my kinders! I am not sure where to leave a comment about what I like about bloglovin so I'll just leave it here. I don't like it! lol
ElizKickin’ it in Kindergartenabeth