Monday, July 1, 2013

Schedule Spotlight Series #4 - Phonics

Happy July, friends! How is it already July??? That means I am about halfway done with summer - how is that even possible?!?!? It will be time to set up my classroom before I know it! 

This is the fourth post in the 10 week Schedule Spotlight series!
For those of you just joining in the fun, we are going through our day, minute by minute and hour by hour! Almost as a good as observing…but saving money on gas and sub pay! :)

7:45 - 8:15 ~ Morning Work {Post #1 - June 10}
8:15 - 8:30 ~ Calendar {Post #2 - June 17}
8:30 - 9:00 ~ Math {Post #3 - June 24}
9:00 - 9:45 ~ SPECIALS
9:45 - 10:30 ~ Phonics {Post #4 - July 1}

We are back from specials! My friends head straight to their tables for a quick restroom and water break! We did not have a snack time last year, but I am thinking this is where I want to fit one in this year! Those babies are hungry!!!

After our restroom break, we head down to the carpet for our Phonics mini lesson. The mini lesson lasts about 10-12 minutes. I really, truly believe that the longer we teach, the more kiddos start to lose interest! I teach very explicitly and it is fast paced. One key to mini lessons is to have all of your materials ready to go. If you are only teaching for 12 minutes, you don't have time to stop to dig for your word cards!

We just adopted the Wonders series for the 2013 - 2014 school year. We were previously using Harcourt. We followed the progression, but pulled in a lot of other resources, including Wright Skills Phonics, The Phonics Dance, and others!
I love to incorporate quality children's literature and poetry into this time! I also love to watch Between the Lions video clips, use flip charts, and of course, Annie and Moby from Brain Pop! 

10:00 - 10:10
I have a focus board with a few phonics picture and word cards and the way I start every Phonics lesson {another auditory cue!!} is to say, "This week we are learning all about the /sh/ sound. A digraph is two letters put together to make a new sound. s and h make /sh/ like in shell, sheet, wash, and brush. 

Then, we usually do some making word manipulation, changing beginning, medial, and final sounds to make new words! Then, we read a poem or story and make a list of all the words we hear with that sound! 

This takes us to our small group time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays! On Mondays, we have a longer whole group time as we explore the new sound and spelling pattern, and Friday we play a game and take our spelling test! 

10:10 - 10:30
After our mini lesson, I spilt my class into two groups {higher} and {lower}. One group does Read to Someone {buddy reading} with decodeable texts {from our series} while I teach one group on the carpet and then we switch! 

I work with my lower group first. We do sound stretching and writing in our Phonics Notebooks {those good ole Starfall journals!}

Tuesday - Writing Words {I Do, We Do, You Do model}
I stretch and write two words and they copy. Then we stretch two words out together and they write them in their journal, and then I give them two words to stretch and write on their own. These words are not our spelling words, but words that have the sound we are learning about!

Wednesday - Stretch the Sounds
We work with our spelling words on Wednesdays! I simply say the word, and we stretch each sound on our fingers. For example, dish
d - i - sh, dish. /d/ d, /i/ i/ /sh/ sh. 
Then they write the word on their paper! 
Easy, peasy, but effective!!!

Thursday - Sentence Dictation 
On Thursdays, I do one sentence with my lower group and two sentences with my higher group. I heard at a workshop once to echo read the sentence twice, count the number of words and then let them have at it! 
For example,
ME - I found a shell at the beach. 
Echo - I found a shell at the beach. 
ME - I found a shell at the beach. 
Echo - I found a shell at the beach. 
Let's count the words. I - found - a - shell - at - the - beach. 7 words

So, that's that! I wish I had more pictures of this time!!! 

Now its time for recess and lunch!! Woohoo! 

Link up below to tell us all about your phonics time!

Join us next Monday, July 8 to learn more about what The Daily Five looks like in my classroom!

Happy early 4th of July to you! :) 


Mrs. Giboney said...

Such a fan of these posts. I'm in 3rd so my day is very different, but it's still neat to see what your day is like.

Teach on a Limb

Amanda D! said...

What a great idea going through the day piece by piece. My school started using Saxon phonics this past year. It really helped our students improve in reading, but it was kind of boring. I'm looking for ways to add some more excitement to phonics've given me great ideas! I'll be working on my blog post so I can link up. Thanks for hosting this!

Amanda @
Teacher at the Wheel

Julie DiBenedetto said...

Wow Kelli! This post is jammed packed with amazing planning! We are stuck with the old Harcourt Collections series circa 2001. How does the Wonders compare? Another question. Are you using the Phonics Dance as much as when you originally started? Is it still apart of your daily routine or did you store it away? I am struggling with that one right now and could use some honest feedback!
Thanks Kelli! These weekly posts are so awesome and it is so helpful to refining my own planning for next year!
First Grade Critter Cafe

Unknown said...

I just added my post to the links :) What a great idea - I am getting so inspired by reading what other teachers do in their room!

Kelli :) said...

Thanks for your sweet words, Jessica and Amanda!
Thanks so much for linking up, Liz!

Julie - I have only played around with Phonics Dance. I would like to incorporate at least 2 days a week this year! :)

Anonymous said...

Using between the Lions and Brain Pop is such a good idea! I need to find ways to "fun up" the reading series! Thanks for the tip! I am loving this Linky! I am getting some great ideas!

Post a Comment

Pin It button on image hover