Sunday, March 27, 2016

ELA Choice Board

Hello friends and Happy Easter!

I was asked about my ELA choice board a few time on my Instagram so I decided to share with you what I have been doing during daily five these days!

My  students  boys weren't finishing their work. It was a battle because they would get into a book and not want to stop reading. As much as I LOVE that, they had other things that needed to be finished as well. Because I am pulling small groups, I don't have the time to micro manage my groups. I teach an advanced group of first graders, and they should be able to get their groups completed by the end of the week. Another setback I had is that my gifted students are pulled one day a week and miss all of their daily five time. I also realized my students didn't have time to find books in the library and get back in time, after taking an A.R. test. 

The best thing I could come up with was a must do/ may do system. Students have to finish their must do's before they begin the may do's.

We rotate to three-four groups each day, depending on the day. Students still complete their word work, read to self, and read to partner.

These beads are one of the students' favorites to practice their word work on!

When my students read to partner, they use these fabulous Blooms Buttons to ask each other questions about the books they read. You can find those here from Colleen Alaniz.

 My students read A.R. books based on Lexile, but they also can read on their ipads on the fabulous app, Epic. It is free for teachers and my kiddos LOVE it!

While they are working, they take their choice board with them. Each week, they complete a review skill worksheet. It can be cut and paste, a reading comprehension, or language review. They also have a squiggle writing sheet attached. This is a super easy way for you to modify for each of your kiddos! Click on the picture below to grab the choice board!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Sharing Sunday April

I am so ready to plan for April! Have you had your spring break yet? Ours is after this week and I can taste the freedom! I am looking forward to a little staycation and some organizing! How are you spending your spring break? 

Surprisingly, my students have really been fascinated by text features this year! We are going to complete a full on unit starting next week and the first week of of April! Below I have shared some great resources and blog posts from some sweet friends!

My students LOVE using Pic Collage on their iPads! We use them for SO many things, but text features is just one more great way to use that app!

 I have found some WONDERFUL freebies and blog posts from these ladies and friends below. You should totally go grab them and leave some sweet feedback!

You can just click the pictures to download, and click around on each picture to grab these great freebies and see the blog posts!

Don't forget to head back to the Primary Peach to get more freebies, ideas, and downloads for April! Click here to go to the Peach!