Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Giving Thanks Day #3 (with a freebie)

I meant to post these Long O CVVC activities a few weeks ago, but I became a slacker.  So here they are!
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Monday, November 21, 2011

Giving Thanks Day #2 (with a freebie)

Today I'm thankful for these 3 little ones...


I knew having triplets would pay off eventually with some free labor!  These guys are AWESOME at pulling laminating sheets out of the laminator.  Of course, it might be a little self-serving on their part since they know I won't let them play any games until I get them all laminated!

I made this CVC game to help some of my Kindergarteners who are learning how to decode CVC words, and I have a 3rd grader who is also working on this same skill.  Plus, the triplets are also learning how to do this and could use the extra practice.

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Check back tomorrow for the next freebie!!!


Sunday, November 20, 2011

I'm Thankful for......my poor neglected blog!

I have been in a blogging funk lately.  I've just been overwhelmed with the usual goings on of life.  I've made a lot of changes in my classroom the last month, and it's been a lot of experimenting and trying to find the best set-up for my class.  I started a really modified Daily 5 approach.  We really only do Read to Self and some sort of Word Work.  The only choice I let them have is where they sit for Read to Self.  It's working out good so far, but I have 2 students with autism that just can't focus to read independently.  I'm not sure what the solution is for that.  I recently read Jan Richardson's Next Step in Guided Reading book and fell in love with her ideas.  So I have started Guided Reading using her lesson plans.  And I redid my schedule.  It looks like this:

8:00 - 8:40     Corrective Reading/Reading Mastery
8:40 - 8:55     Group A Guided Reading (others do Read to Self/computer/word work)
8:55 - 9:10     Group B Guided Reading (others do Read to Self/computer/word work)
9:10 - 9:25     Group C Guided Reading (others do Read to Self/computer/word work)
9:25 - 9:30     Read Aloud

The major downfall is that the 15 minute blocks are just not enough time to do a good Guided Reading lesson or Read to Self.  I just don't really know how to get by that part though.  I think it's working ok, but I do feel stressed that I can't accomplish very much in the short time.  I do struggle with keeping some of my kids on task and not interrupting my reading group.  Keeping them independently working is a challenge.  I do feel better that I'm giving each student some instruction at their level each day.  Are any other SPED teachers doing Guided Reading or Daily 5 with their kids?  How are you keeping them independently working?

Now onto the best part.....the freebie (Sorry this is no longer a freebie)!  Click on the picture to check it out at my TPT store for $2.



Stay tuned this week!  I have other freebies that I've made and not shared.  So in the spirit of being thankful for all you guys, I'll post a freebie a day until Thanksgiving (plus, it'll get me back in the swing of blogging)!