It's finally time!
Here's a peek at my upcoming week!
Farley’s Currently for the Classroom for JULY (I plan to use Currently every month this year! These will be great assignments to post in the hallway and I think Kiddos will love to see what was happening for them month to month.
If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that I have fallen in love with morning meeting. Last year, I tried to squeeze it in from 8-8:15, but this year, I want to give it more time on the schedule, so I have blocked off 8-8:25. I have also begun working on a "Year's Worth of Morning Meeting Themes and Ideas" so that teachers can have a morning meeting resource ready for the whole year. This is going to take a little while to complete, but what you see above are the themes I am introducing this week. Basically, I want to have a quote, key words w/ definitions, read alouds, and videos/modern songs to match each morning meeting theme. In the future, we will focus on one theme for a week, however, I plan to introduce 5 important "beginning of the year" themes this week and spiral back to them in following weeks. I hope to get to belonging, kindness, perseverance, and legacy during this week's morning meetings.
Here's a peak at my morning meeting bulletin/display boards. I love the clothespins because I can just take down an old theme and put a new one up. (I also plan to have a display board in the room of past themes so that they stay on our minds). By the end of the week, we will definitely have identified a few classroom goals.
In addition to focusing on a theme per week, students will also have "Morning Meeting" journals this year. This will hold their reflections on the quotes we talk about and reflections on their personal goal setting. Who knows what else will end up in these notebooks--I'm sure we will have some classroom issues that need to be solved, so our brainstorms will also go in these notebooks. Basically, morning meeting is a therapeutic time to focus on being better human beings. I CAN'T WAIT to start our mornings like this! This week I will introduce each theme with a read aloud:
Launching Reader's Workshop Plans:
The goals for reader's workshop are simple this week. We won't have a ton of time to launch the full workshop with independent reading, but we will:
-learn about ourselves as readers (and share that with the teacher)
-discuss how to have our best reading life ever
-learn how to use our classroom library by understanding how it is organized
-set up our book bins with books that we are interested in reading
-set up our reader's workshop journals
-identify a book that is an "old favorite" and a book that we abandoned or struggled to read last year (won't this assignment give you sooo much info about your readers?) These books will be important in two future lessons I plan to do
-leave school with a "just right" book
-learn to set ambitious goals for our daily reading lives
Monday: Quick review of what it means for a book to be "just right;" explore classroom library and discuss how it is organized (maybe split class in half to work with two small groups and then come together to discuss these topics)
Tuesday: Read Alouds Aunt Chip; "I read Because sheet"; discuss ideal reading space and encourage students to create this space at home tonight
Wednesday: Aunt Chip; T-Chart: Reading is the best for me when/I don't enjoy reading when
Thursday: That Book Woman- How to Choose a Just Right book, finding books we love
Friday: Richard Wright and the Library Card (reading is a gift; people in the past have had to fight hard to receive this gift)
After lunch, we have a 20 minute block before we go to specials. I plan to do the following "fun" read alouds during this time.
Wonder by RJ Palacio. And, then we are going to organize all of our notebooks and materials.
It is a BUSY week for sure!! Are you exhausted yet? If you are still on break, lucky ducks! Although, I am pretty excited to get back into the swing of things and to enjoy this first week of school excitement!