Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Schedule Spotlight Series #7 - Comprehension

Hi, friends!!! Hope you all are soaking up every second of summer! Can't believe it is coming to an end! I am kind of a dork and love ordering my new lunch bag and cup for the new school year!! 

Here is my new lunch bag from Scout! Love or love?!?!?! 
Can't wait to see my hot pink monogram on it! :)

This is the seventh 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}
10:35 - 10:55 - RECESS
11:00 - 11:30 - LUNCH
11:30 - 12:40 ~ The Daily Five Sessions 1 and 2 {Post #5 - July 8}
{Writing Mini Lesson - Post #6 - July 15}
12:40 - 1:10 ~ PE
1:15 - Restroom Break
1:15 - 1:45 ~ The Daily Five Session 3 
{Comprehension Mini Lesson - Post #7 - July 22}

1:15 - 1:30 ~ Comprehension Mini Lesson

After a quick restroom and water break when we get back from PE, we head straight to the carpet for our comprehension lesson. This is one of my favorite parts of the day!!! The kiddos are tired from PE and I turn the lights off to settle them down. 
They hang on to every.single.word of the story! 

I have a flipchart I use every month and we quickly review it to remind of the skill we are focusing on. We focus on one skill each month. 

This was our plan last year:
AUGUST - Characters


OCTOBER - Main Idea and Details
{This is perfect for seasonal fiction and nonfiction text!}

NOVEMBER - Making Connections
{We do a Kevin Henkes author study during this month!}

DECEMBER - Making Predictions
{Perfect for holiday read alouds!}

JANUARY - Making Inferences
{We do a David Shannon author study this month!}

FEBRUARY - Asking Questions

MARCH - Retelling
{Did the Wizard of Oz for the first time this year - IN LOVE}

APRIL - Summarizing

MAY - Visualizing

We use a variety of resources for our comprehension mini lessons, including The Primary Comprehension Toolkit and of course, amazingly creative bloggers like YOU! 

I can for sure say blogging has made teaching comprehension WAY more fun! :) Here are some of my fave comprehension ideas from some super talented ladies!

Making Connections - {Making Connections posters by 
Live Laugh Love Kindergarten}

Making Inferences - {The Snow Day Case Files and the 
Mystery Box by Babbling Abby}

Retelling - I decided to do a chapter book read aloud for this month and I chose The Wizard of Oz! I have never read it to my class before and THEY LOVED IT! We read one chapter every day and practiced retelling events from the chapter. We ended the month with a special mystery reader {my sweet room mom dressed up as Dorothy!} and had a viewing party {we watched the movie and snacked on festive food, like Yellow Brick Road Rice Krispie treats, Emerald City grapes {sparkle grapes with lime jello}, and more! 
I am OBSESSED with these Yellow Brick Road retelling cards from Cara Carroll. Snag these for free! :)

Summarizing - {Summarizing with the Stars from Sarah Cooley}

Link up below to tell us all about your comprehension lessons!
Join us next Monday, July 29 to hear about how small groups roll in my classroom!

Soak up the sun this week! :)


alwayslearning said...

Great linky! I loved all of the resources that you listed!

Anonymous said...

I love you monthly comprehension skills! I basically follow the comprehension lessons in our reading series. I do plan to check out some of your comprehension lesson recommendations though!

Teaching Little Miracles said...

Hi Kelli. I love the lunch bag! Last year I got a "cinch top" one from 31 and it is great. :-)

Thanks for another linky!

Teaching Little Miracles

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