1. This was one of those weeks where I kept waking up 15-30 mins before my alarm and then attempted to fall back asleep each day for those last few minutes which just led to restless sleep of me constantly then just checking the clock to see how many minutes of sleep I had left...not the most amazing last little bit of sleep. Fingers crossed I'll sleep in at least a little tomorrow and Sunday!
2. One thing I've been focusing on these first few weeks is establishing our reading classroom. The other day, I posted about our "What do good readers read" activity...check it out here. Another part of setting the stage for our reading environment is finding out what my little friends like to read about topic-wise. We made a list of things we like to read and I just had to share this pic because I love the randomness of it! I'm happy to see that they pretty much like to read about anything though! :)
|And who doesn't like to read about Katie Perry?!|
After introducing our word family for the day with the story, anchor card and list, we worked on our journals. I say a word in the word family, my little friends say the sounds and then write the word and we continue this process till we have six words.
Then, I say one of our words and they color the star next to the word. We continue to do this for each word.
We are all about these little doghouses- my little friends also chose a word from the word bank and wrote it in the right doghouse.
My little friends also worked on another center with our word families where they chose a word, read it and then matched it with the right picture.
All these activities are leading my little friends to becoming good readers-- after reading words by themselves, I always try to include a writing component and a 'reading in context' component so my little readers can see how it all fits together! These activities are all in my Word Families Bundle Pack that you can check out here!
4. Freebie #1! What's the word family? This is a little extension page where students are actually practicing reading word family words within a sentence and then identify the word family of the underlined words in each sentence. This is a one of those follow up activities so you can see how students are actually reading the words in context. You can download this freebie here!
5. Freebie #2! Hm...see...can you tell...I do lots with word families (and CVC words)! The key to working with all these word family words and CVC words is to make sure kids understand how to apply it in context. These activities are all ones that lead up to reading. This freebie is one I posted about over the summer, but I wanted to share it with you again, just in case you missed it. My 'walking through word families' pages are a fun activity to use as a warm up to a small reading group, center, partner activity, however you see fit! I tell my little friends that we have to help these little kids get back to their homes. The only way we can help them is by reading all the words on the sidewalk. It is so cute just how much my little friends buy into this...after reading a set of words, they are like 'Mrs. Claahsen-- did that kid get home ok??' So cute! You can download this freebie right here!
|Our fun pointers get used a lot...they are really math manipulatives though. :)|
Whew...apparently we did a whole lot this week! Thanks TBA and Doodlebugs for these fun Friday linkys!
Have a great day!