How to Fit IT ALL IN? Balanced Literacy…

BALANCED LITERACY IN FIRST GRADE!

I can’t  believe this is year 26!
MY own twins were in first grade MY first year of teaching!
( NOT in my class…TG…)

Each year things CHANGE!
CHANGE is NOT a BAD thing!
It can make you rethink, reevaluate, redo, remake, revitalize!

After 26 years…I can HONESTLY say..

I will NOT throw out the BABY with the BATHWATER!

WHAT????

OK…We have a new curriculum.  AGAIN!
EVERY  7 YEARS..
Whether you want it …or NOT!

And so, here we go again.

It really doesn’t matter what “program” you give me.

BALANCED  Literacy
 is
BALANCED Literacy

My “STRESS” level rises when I try to plan .
HOW TO FIT IT ALL IN?

Reality check…
Some days I can…some days I can’t.

It’s ok. 
Life won’t end if you don’t do it ALL!
BUT..

TRY!

Let’s start with :

 #1.. READ ALOUDS

                                          #2 ..  INTERACTIVE  WRITING

I  start with 
READ  ALOUDS!

I  start  my day with a READ ALOUD.
AND
I end my day with a READ ALOUD!

( I try to make ONE of those Read Alouds
 a SCIENCE,SOCIAL STUDIES, or HOLIDAY story)

INTEGRATE whenever YOU can!

After EVERY story…WE Discuss.

Characters.
Setting.
Problem.
Solution.

EVERY Read Aloud.  
Discuss for  10 minutes …MAX!
Highly Effective! 

When students THINK about a story, “turn & talk”
about it, use the “academic language” from the story they are engaged!
They might NOT take it on for themselves the first time…..
but…over time, they will!

This week I heard some “reading partners”
 discussing  our anthology
story.

I heard “MAIN CHARACTER”, 
“Beginning, Middle, END”, 
“How did they SOLVE that Problem?”

WOWZA! 
 Teacher  Happy DANCE!

If you need suggestions for Read Alouds…PINTEREST!

Next on my BALANCED LITERACY  plan..

INTERACTIVE  WRITING

So,how?  Where?  WHEN?

I LOVE interactive writing!
Interactive Writing is when the KIDS do the writing.
 We use chart paper. We discuss a story PLAN. 
We start with MAIN IDEA. Then we add 3 detail ideas.
 We add a conclusion. 

They help each other spell.
We sound out words together.
We discuss grammar.

And we write..and read..
and edit..and rewrite!

What a wonderful cycle!

I am using my interactive writing skills to

 incorporate our

NEW long vowel phonics concepts. 
We made a chart. 
Together we thought up words that use our long vowel
 word families. We made a vocabulary box on the chart 
to remind us of words we want to use in our story.
 And..THEY  WRITE! 
Smelly markers are a must! 
And we read..This happens during our 
morning meeting time. 
We spend about 5-10 minutes writing 
each day for 5 days. 
Mondays..we begin a new story.
THEY LOVE THIS!

We started with Kate.
Long a with silent e.
Then Irene.
Long e with silent e.
Next week…
Long o with silent e.

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WRITER’S  WORKSHOP

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