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.
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)!