Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Small group word study and a look ahead.

I love the flexibility of teaching in small groups.  You really get the opportunity to zero in on some of the skills that are being taught in whole group.  Right now I am working with my kiddos on transferring some of their reading skills to writing.  This lesson was part of my 5 minute warm-up we do before our guided reading book lesson.

Here are  a few photos from today.

To prepare: I put the magnetic letters we were going to use in a Ziplock bag.  
We were looking at the -op word family today.

Miss J. spelled the word "hop"
 Just like my whole group lesson, I said, "Since you can spell hop, change one letter to make the word mop."
For oral language development, each student took turns using the words in a sentence.   We counted the words in the sentence they said (great if your district uses DIBELS). We applauded each attempt.  For some, I needed to assist them in starting the sentence.  I helped those who created an awkward or grammatically incorrect sentence.

 "Now change one letter to make the word top." Here my student is checking his letters and stretching the sounds.
 After running through building 6 or 7 words, we got our white board markers out and wrote the words.
How did I differentiate?
My "advanced students" worked with words like chop, shop, and drop.
My more "basic students" worked on finding the initial sound and more energy was placed on the oral language part of the lesson.

I grabbed my word lists from my Word Explorer Word Study Unit, but you can use your own word families.

What else am I working on?

I love these books. So I am in the process of creating stations (literacy and math) to go with this series.  I am going to gear them towards kindergarten. I hope to have them finished by the end of the weekend.  
 Please let me know if you have any special skills you want me to include.
I had purchased Erica Bohrer's Author Study Unit and I think these will go great together.

This is a hard time of the year for those who can't celebrate Christmas directly in their classrooms, but I think this author study will be wonderful.  We can also include this wonderful book...
How is that for Jolly?

6 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing how you use word study before your guided reading lesson. A few of my struggling 1st graders still need that extra practice.

    I also admire teachers like you who can create such great units. How do you do it?

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  2. I love reading about what you do in your classroom - I love small groups too! Those books look great too - I have never seen them here in Australia and will have to look them up!

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  3. Thanks so much for sharing. You are one of my favorite bloggers and I can't wait to see your unit on Laura Numeroff books. They are my favorites.

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  4. Your kiddos are doing such a nice job - wish you were in my school...your kiddos are gonna move up to first SO prepared!!! :)

    Holly
    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

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  5. Thanks for the shout out and purchase!

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  6. So exciting! I teach Kindergarten in Guatemala, so we actually start classes in January. I am hoping to use the "If you give a mouse a cookie" during the first week, so I can't wait to see your unit!

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