So here goes!
For those of you who use Treasures as your Reading curriculum, you know there is A LOT to get into the 5 days "suggested" plans. I feel that as teachers, we know what our students need and have the right to pick and choose which things to really focus on and which topics to quickly cover.
We have a mandatory 90 minute Reading Block, so we have to be creative on how to get all of the skills/standards taught.
This is my focus wall that keeps us on track.
The Whole Group portion of my time is usually the same every week:
Monday - Phonics skill and activity, Oral Reading cards
Tuesday - Vocabulary Words/Story
Wednesday - Read Main Selection with comprehension graphic organizer
Thursday - finish Main Selection if needed/Vocabulary Skill
Friday - 3rd Selection with Text Feature/Literacy Skill/Weekly review
This is an example of the Vocabulary page we do on Tuesdays:
We turn those words into a word splash:
|We take pictures of our things on the board on our iPad.|
I also use the free smartboard lessons for each week that the wonderful Mrs. Fox created a few years ago. I hope I never lose mine, because she was asked to take hers off her website. Boo.
After Whole Group comes Centers.
Now, this is where things get
This system was born:
This is what it looks like on my board. Students pick their own partner each week (with my discrection of course) and do two centers each day. I just simply take off the top center card and push them all up. The top one goes to the bottom. There is always an empty center since I have 10 centers and only 18 kids.
The colors of the sign borders match the center bucket that holds all of the materials. The colors also match the skill on the Focus Wall. The colors around the student pictures match what reading group they are in. (Call me color-coding crazy...I know!)
The front of the folders have Must Do/Can Do directions on them.
Students have a center folder (color of reading group) and a To-Do list which I initial at the end of center time (while they work on the grammar skill...Writing time needs its own post!).
I've created files for each of the stories since Unit 3, Week 5 (aka the week we came back from Winter Break) and they can be found in my TPT store. UPDATE: Over the summer, I will be working on the beginning and catching up. Stay tuned!
I hope that helps some of you "bored" Treasures users to jazz it up.
I will work on a post for what I do during Reading Groups and Writing/Grammar.
Let me know if you have any questions! I love to answer questions!