Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Picture it ;)

Now that I can upload pictures, I wanted to show a picture of my children~!! They are so excited to be famous. :) This is from our field trip to the Christmas Tree farm, they had so much fun. My dad was able to go with us and they love when Mr.Leahy comes to visit! Also, the other pictures are just a quick tour of the classroom and the walls we use DAILY to be independent learners~!

Making goals count

At the beginning of each week, I list out the objectives for the week for all the subjects. Last week, I had the students take that objective and make their own personal goal. The objective stated the students needed to be able to count, write, and read numbers 11 to 20. Each student chose their goal, wrote it in their journals, and worked on that goal all week. At the end of the week, I had the students check to see if they met their goals. Most of them had met it! I was so proud and I could tell it gave the lesson more purpose for them. We did it again this week except they chose a reading goal. I can't wait until Friday when we meet more goals!!!!

We also do daily objectives in math. At the end of the lesson, I give an exit task to see if they students have met the objective. Here's some examples of those "objective maps". 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Hanging with the vowels

We have been working on the LONG vowel sounds. I created a center to help the students understand the importance of vowels. Without vowels we can't "hang" words. In the center they are sorting short a and long a words. Then they are writing the words. Also during tier 2, I have the students read a book and make lists of all the words they find that have long vowels in them. We add these words to the chart. The idea is that students can refer back to the chart to help them build words using the vowels.
Our field trip to the Christmas tree farm is tomorrow! Bundle up! :)