Thursday, June 27, 2013

Throw it on back... THURSDAY!

First, check this out...

Don't lie.  You all know you're jealous of my kickin' sweater, awesome pigtails, and that sweet bang action I have going on.  Do you think my mother used a Tupperware bowl to do that?  Whew!  I'm going to guess this was circa 1987... a nice 1st grade throwback if you will!

Another wonderful first grade throwback is The First Grade Parade's weekly Throwback Thursday!!!  It's where we pilfer through old blog posts and repost them with (hopefully) new insight about what we posted then.  Check out my bloggy friends by heading here...

Today's post is from January 24, 2012.  It was when my kindergarten students were really gaining independence with reading, and I created a reading response sheet to help guide them when working in workstations.  And, it has a FREEBIE!  Woo hoo!  Enjoy!

Are they asleep? *freebie*

I've said it before.  I DETEST giving out directions for work stations.  My kids just snored, slept, snoozed, stared at me for 20 some minutes, asking if they could get started repeatedly.  I'm sorry little ones, I have a few, a couple, some, a million directions for you, and I want to make sure you know what we're doing for the next 11 days in work stations.

My little ones have been so excited to read their phonics readers lately, that I knew I had to give them a new activity in Reading Work Station!  They had to self-select one book and read it to a reading buddy (stuffed animal).  After reading, the students wrote the title and then listed the words in the book that are on our word wall.  Then, it's their job to figure out which words were tricky (yikes!) and which words were easy peasy, one, two, threesy! (hooray!)  Then they get illustrate a favorite part from the book.

I love response sheets!  It holds my students accountable, but they still can self-select and work at their own pace.

If you'd like a copy of my Reading Work Station Response sheet... grab... it... here ----> 
Reading Workstation Response!

Also, here's a question... out of all my kindergarten students and the preschool class who worked with us yesterday, who do you think was the one child that "sampled" our snowman paint?  You know, of the Pinterest variety, with shaving cream and glue?  Please, make your predictions now...

Winners will receive my undying love and gratitude! And, the excitement of knowing they were right!

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