I have been working on fully implementing the Daily 5 - the way it's supposed to be done, not my modified way from last semester. We've been building our Read to Self stamina and our Work on Writing stamina. Since we were doing this (just in a slightly different format) before break, the students are doing a great job with this process.
My goal for the end of the week is to have Read to Self, Work on Writing, and Work on Words in place. The surprise snow day today might throw a wrench in this plan, but I'm going to shoot for it anyway.
I've started to introduce some of the new materials I got for Christmas (magnetic letters, letter play dough stamps, and letter stamps) to my students to use for Work on Words. They already know some activities from before break. Hopefully, by Friday, we can get this rolling.
I'm so, very proud of how well my students are doing. I can't wait to give them the choice of which Daily 5 they would like to do! I am totally seeing everything I read about in the book about how giving them ownership eliminates unwanted behaviors. Once I get my kiddos going (and sometimes it takes a few tries), they are golden!
I also want to have some fun with the books The Mitten by Jan Brett and Snowmen At Night by Carolyn Buehner.We'll be doing some mitten glyphs and making a fun snowman craft to go with our snowman writing. Both projects use glitter! (I'm a teacher who LOVES glitter. The messier the better, I say!) Let's be honest, we can't do a winter theme without glitter. Winter is certainly the most sparkly of day