This is what I have come up with. I hope this may be able to somehow help you too. I am still going to have students come in at 9:00 work on their literacy stations until 9:30. We complete a whole group lesson and do this for about 40 minutes. Then for the last 15 minutes of reading I send students to their stations. These stations though will be ones they can do independently and stations that I do not have to change weekly. I want stations like the Daily 5 intends for.
I am like the most confusing teacher ever right now? I want Daily 5 stations... I like a challenge... that is contradicting. I want them to have a challenge in the morning: I want to scaffold students with those. But.... during the 2nd part of reading I want them working completely independently and choosing a station so I can pull students aside to meet. I have time later in the day to pull 2 groups. I get to pull groups and we get to work quietly with no interruptions because it is read to self and read to partner. I do not want to do that to my kids in the morning too so I can pull more groups. We read a lot and they love to work independently.
Okay, I will stop rambling. I am going to implement this Monday! I hope it works... Oh, wait! How should I track this or should I let them just choose what they do each day and not keep track? I was thinking about laminated a strip for them. Placing colors on the bins with the idfferent activities and then students put a check when they complete that color bin. Then on Friday (just saying) they look at their chart and go to the color bin they have not yet been to... I think I may do that or else I will have students doing the same thing everyday!! (I have a few that would do that and I am sure you do too!
Alright... really... no more rambling! I found some AWESOME FREEBIES to help me transition into this new wave of literacy instruction.! I wanted to share because they are so great!
First, I went and observed a teacher today at another school. Her students wrote their spelling words on strips and then glued them into a chain. It was so cute!
Here are the things from Tpt I found!
Character Writing Pages from Latoya Reed
Write the room from Alisa Barrett (this will be fun to do with sight words)
I will be going to wal-mart to buy stickers this weekend for this one! I have decided that this one is a FOR SURE!
Sticker Stories! How cool is this? Thank you, Sarah Paul
A Mini How-To Book: Thank you, Caitlin Kramer
A Never Ending Story... Some of my kids would love this one!
Thank you, Kelly Morgan
Mini-Book Writing and Rubrics
Connect 4 (Sorry for blurry pictures)
Thanks, Michele Smyth
Word Families: I am thinking about putting a word family menu on the board. Students choose one and complete the form included in the pack below.
Word of the day template (This would be perfect for a sight word for the week... or for my higher ones I may have them look up a work in the dictionary and fill out the template)
A Book Report Template
When students read a book they can fill out this template for their comprehension.
Alright! That's All I have for now! Let me know if you have any ideas for this! I am all open ears! Trying to do my best during my first year of teaching! :)