Saturday, August 3, 2013

Schedule Spotlight Series #8 - Small Groups

Hey y'all! I am so sorry for the late post - is it me or does your Blogger scheduling post function not work??? I have tried this to no avail for a few years! Every time I schedule a post for a busy week {like this one} it DOES.NOT.POST. It seems easy - like ridiculously easy, so I am just not sure what I am missing!!! Has anyone else struggled with this?? I feel kind of dumb :)

This is the eighth 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}

Let's dig right into to this weeks topic - SMALL GROUPS!

I think small groups are one of the most important parts of our day! I pull two, sometimes three small groups a day! 

To begin every small group, we chant either the Alphabet Chart or Blend and Digraph chart. I start with the Alphabet chart with some groups and introduce the Blend and Digraph chart with all groups by Christmas! It only takes a minute or so, but I think it is a great daily review, and it signals to their sweet brains that we are about to start our group time! 

Both the Alphabet Chart and Blend and Digraph chart are free downloads in my TpT store!

After our chart chant, we move into a review of our phonics skill of the week. This part takes about 5 minutes and I use a variety of materials. Sometimes we do a Roll and Read, or maybe a quick card game from a phonics unit! Check out my newest unit for short vowel /a/, Crab Trap

After our chart chart and phonics review, we begin a little guided reading lesson. I read one book with each of my groups every week. One day is for prereading activities, such a picture walk through the book, sight word previews, and I Spy {I spy a word they might have difficulty with and they find the word and read it out loud}. 

The next day is for reading and re reading! Sometimes we partner read, read in different voices. I always try to give each reader a compliment on this day! "I love the way Brady read with expression today!"

The third day is for re-reading for fluency and a writing activity.

Link up below to tell us all about your favorite resource or routine for your small groups!
Join us next Monday, August 5 to hear about how social studies and science goes in my classroom!

Have a fun in the sun week! :)


Cassie Thompson said...

Hey Kelli! Looks like we are night owls together tonight :)
For your scheduling posts, I had trouble with this too. You have to pick the date/time for your schedule, and then you save it, and then actually go ahead and push publish. I'm not sure if that's what is wrong with yours but I scheduled and didn't push publish once or twice and I was confused why my post didn't go through. I hope this helps!

Mrs. Thompson
Adventures in Teaching (A First Grade Blog)
My TpT Store

Southern Ladye said...

Just begin following you and love your series! I am working on a teaching blog so I don't have a link but wanted to share what I do. Last year I had three small groups that got pulled twice a day, once for reading and once for math. I will have more children this year so I am looking at four groups. Based on the needs of the children, I use the Orton-Gillingham method to review letters and sounds and then we read in leveled readers. We use several different ORF assessments to determine their reading level and from that I create my groups so I may have some that are preK level readers and last year I had some first graders that were reading end of 2nd/beginning of 3rd grade level so of course I was taking advantage of that and doing a lot of enrichment activities with that group. Math groups did not always work out because it was the end of the day and we often ran into dismissal process but I have switched my schedule a little this year so that we can get them in there more often. Thanks for the great ideas!

Brittany said...

Loving these posts!! I'm a second year teacher and really want to improve my guided reading groups.! You said you use a writing activity - what does that look like?

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