Sunday, February 28, 2016

Ten Little Dinosaurs ~ Antonyms, Rhyme and Early Literacy Activities

We are super excited to be reading about dinosaurs this coming week!  To focus on Concept of Word, I pulled in the traditional Ten Little Dinosaurs rhyme and "spiced it up" by adding the antonym, "big" instead of counting backwards.  This will allow me to focus on antonyms and more targeted vocabulary development as we progress this week.  Check out all of the universal and small group instruction activities that will be happening!

Concept of Word Pocket Chart Poem:  We use the dots for print matching to develop Concept of Word.

 Notice that I rewrote this poem to include the antonym, "big" to better target vocabulary development and extension.

 Sight words for your pocket chart... I added tens frames to help students with self-checking.

 Play-Doh mats with the same tens frames.  I like to use Wiki Sticks for this type of activity as well!

 Ready for some vocabulary enrichment?  These cards can be used in your pocket chart, to play Concentration or even Go Fish!

Need a quick literacy station? This is an antonym wheel where students match the correct "opposite" that has been glue "dotted" to a clothespin.  

If you haven't heard the traditional Ten Little Dinosaurs rhyme, check it out below.

Happy Teaching this week!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

SW ~ Blends Game

Saturday mornings consist of getting up, drinking a pot of coffee and tackling what I couldn't get prepared for next week's teaching BEFORE anyone else gets up.  Needless to say, I get up VERY early on Saturday.

I am working on companion activities for Rex, LLI Orange kit book 2 for our Kindergarten intervention students.  I noticed that two of the words are action words starting with sw:  swing & swim.  As most of the students I work with at the kindergarten level have articulation difficulties, I decided to focus on sw blends as an extension.

I always send these activities to our special education teachers including our SLP who works directly with these kids as well.  "Double-dipping" as well as seeing the same ideas and activities in more than one environment is best for "cementing" learning.

Picture cards:  Vocabulary Practice and Onset & Rime Practice

SW Board Game:  Roll and Speak for Auditory Bombardment and Practice

This game can be found in my TPT Store:  {LINK}.
This game can  be used with any companion book or in isolation as needed.
 Here are a few suggestions for you:

Friday, February 26, 2016

A Wrinkle in Time ~ Developing Deeper Comprehension With High Flier Students

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle is a classic that I am thrilled to share with a new group of fifth grade students this year!

I work with many students whose reading is growing at different paces.  One of the groups I am working with is particularly rich in vocabulary and overall reading development.  As I decided which book to facilitate, I DID NOT ask students what they were interested in.  Instead, I chose to focus on a classic that would not normally been chosen by this group.

A Wrinkle in Time was written in 1962 and is as mesmerizing today as it was when I read it in fifth grade.  Here is a synopsis from L'Engle's website:
Meg Murry, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. She claims to have been blown off course, and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a “tesseract,” which, if you didn’t know, is a wrinkle in time.
Meg’s father had been experimenting with time-travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?
Integration of technology and pushing these students, not only with their vocabulary, but the use of new learning tools is the basis for scaffolding this group.  I received parent permission for students to use a closed group forum through the Edmodo platform.  PDF graphic organizers are opened in the Notability Application on iPads and students use QR codes for discussions that  facilitate deeper, thoughtful questions.

We also use "low-tech" ideas where three questions and a favorite quote are written on Post-it notes and then transferred to our Edmodo discussion forum each Wednesday.  Finally, we meet face-to-face each Thursday for 30 minutes to dig deeper into characters and story connections.

Check out the following YouTube clip that further explains what we are doing.

Next week we are on chapters 3 & 4.  I can't wait to see the questions and comments generated!