This week's shared reading: What's the Difference?: Key Materials, Concepts, and Routines For Launching the Daily Five
What "rings" true for you in this chapter?
Book boxes!!! Thanks to generous donations through DonorsChoose.org, I got these fabulous book boxes...that replaced our
|beautiful, new book boxes|
|cardboard recycling at its best|
How are your students progressing with picking appropriate books?
Do you have a system in place for when your students choose good-fit books? Do you have certain groups pick books on certain days? I've kinda just let my students go book-shopping whenever they ask. I thought about having them "shop" on certain days, but then we have so many holidays on Mondays and Fridays or one of my kiddos wants new books after a couple of days...and who says no to that? Here are two super cute I-Pick signs I found:
|from Casey McArdle|
|from Frogs and Cupcakes|
|click here for your copy|
What (if anything) could help improve the processes from this chapter in your classroom?
One big question that still lingers is...what do I put in my students' book boxes so that we can start Read-to-Self on the very first day of school? Well, I thought that since I always do a quick review of my students' cumulative folders from Kinder, I can see their end-of-year DRA scores. That way I know what reading level they ended on the previous year and start from there.
I'm going to put a couple of books from the level below, the same level, and one level above their DRA score so that they have a range. Then, after we have modeled our just-right shoe lesson, they can add more books of their liking.
What were your ah-ha moments in this chapter? I would love to hear your thoughts about how you prepare for your first lesson!
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