Tag Archives: Literacy

Reader’s Theater

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THE GOAT IN THE GARDEN with Ms. Amy

One child’s interest in a reader’s theater story sparked an interest for many others. So Ms. Amy and a group of children, assigned parts, practiced, and performed a Reader’s Theater piece for the rest of the class.  They had a great time while practicing their fluency, reading skills, cooperation, and speaking voice.

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Expert Groups

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The children worked cooperatively last week in their “Expert Groups”.  They had to decide which group they wanted to focus on and become an expert in-Fish, Birds, or Mammals.  Once in their group, they were given several resource books to read and look through. They took notes and discussed what made their animal group unique compared to the others.  Then the experts shared what they learned with the rest of the class.  Ask your child what group s/he was in and what they learned,

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Reader’s Workshop

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Reader’s Workshop is one of my favorite times of the day.  This time begins with a mini-lesson that is the focus for their reading that day. All cozied up the children read their “just right books”, while I move through the room checking in and reading with kids.  Once I’ve checked in with all of my readers, I invite groups or individual readers to meet with me for some instruction.  Once this quiet read to self time ends, the children respond to the day’s focus lesson in their journals followed by buddy reading.

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Animal Research

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Animal Research

Look at these highly engaged focused children!!!  How do you get wiggly boys to sit still and write?  Tell them they can choose any animal they want to research and write about, even dinosaurs.  Some kiddos were so excited and eager that they decided they would research 2 different animals and write about their second one during Writer’s Workshop. I encouraged the children to choose an animal that isn’t necessarily local to Vermont, since local animals are our upcoming focus.  The children chose a variety of different animals: wombat, cheetah, shark, ants, elephant, cat, & wolf.  Just to name a few.

Their task was to research their animal’s habitat, diet, behaviors, body features, and interesting facts.  In addition to researching, they also had to take notes.

These are some happy interested learners.

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Buddy Readers

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This morning, just like every Friday morning, the children begin their day with our friends from the neighboring 3/4 classroom. It’s one of my favorite times of the week. Several of the older children are former students of mine. I love to see them in their new role as mentors and role models for the youngers. The children were assigned buddies that they stay partnered with for the entire year. When the children get together on Friday mornings they spend time reading together and visiting. It’s a great way to start our Friday!

The Day the Crayons Quit

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The Day the Crayons Quit

THE DAY the CRAYONS QUIT, by Drew Daywalt has quickly become a favorite read-aloud in our classroom. Each crayon has a unique personality and “voice” that comes out during our read-aloud. The kids love hearing the story and can’t control their laughter and excitement with each turn of the page. My favorite crayon is the pretentious pink crayon with a french accent.  My guess would be that their favorite crayon is embarrassed peach crayon.  Peach crayon lost his paper wrapper and is hiding in the box.  Or it might be stubby blue crayon who has a very tiny voice to match his very tiny size.  If you haven’t already, I would definitely recommending reading it to see which crayon is your favorite.