Thursday, July 14, 2011

Back in School-Mode


I just got done reworking my back to school packet.  Another fourth grade teacher and I share students.  She teaches Math, Spelling, and Science, and I teach Reading, Language Arts, and Social Studies.  We decided that we need to have one packet to hand out to all of our parents.  Our teaching philosophies are very similar, so it was just a matter of condensing what she had written, and copying and pasting what I had into one nice, neat packet.  This has been weighing heavily on my mind since school ended, but I just didn't want to get into yet.  Our building retreat is in two weeks, though, and I wanted to have it done by then so she could look over it and we could make changes if needed.  I must say, I feel better having it done, and I can move onto other school-related things now.  Other things on my to-do list include: 1.) Finishing reading the books I checked out from the library about the "ideas" trait.  Since this will be the trait I will start with, I wanted to get a jump on things and get familiar with some of the books.  2.)  Labeling my "new" books I got from Half-Priced books.  (Post still forthcoming about that!)  3.)  Decide how I want to do my reader's notebooks.  Some of you may recall that I got a Donor's Choose project funded for literacy binders, and my intention is to combine my reader's response into the literacy binder.  I want to have five sections in the binder:  CAFE section with goals, Notes, Reading Response, Writing, and Work Work. What do you all think about putting a spiral notebook in the reading response section?  I'm concerned it will take up too much space, but at the same time, I think loose-leaf paper would just fall out as time goes on.  I guess if this is all I'm worried about right now, life is pretty good! :)  

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  1. I think a notebook would be a good option. I am creating reading binders this year, too, but I am having my students do reading responses through blogging this year. I really encourage them to take notes on post-its while reading, so they will have a section of their binder dedicated to the post-its they create while reading...We'll see how it goes. Can't wait to share ideas and successes!


  2. I use a three ring notebook (1") for students to keep literacy information. For responding to literature and any strategies I want them to have...I use a composition notebook. Red for reading, green for writing and I also use the speckled black ones for weekly journaling and social studies.

    I've found even spiral notebooks have the first pages fall out.

    I also have my students blog about the basal story but the prompt is one from the reading series. I call the blog "Bookworm Baker".

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  3. The Readers's notebook is going to be brand new for me. I have been thinking about it all summer and just last night changed my mind again on how I will set it up. So as of now students will use a Black/White composition book and use sticky notes to tab sections. The first section will be their Reading Log. Next, will be their weekly reflection letters. Then comprehension strategies, a vocabulary section and finally a page where they will record their fluency. How are you setting yours up?

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