Let’s Catch Up!

I’ll tell you what y’all, when it rains it pours.  We finally got all settled in our house, I finally settled into my new schedule and new responsibilities at work and then… the stomach bug hit us hard. Like knocked out my whole family in a matter of 3 days.  Needless to say, Clorox, Lysol and the washing machine and I have been best friends.  If you can find a germ in this house I’d be surprised. I’m beat! And as we all know, even as I was dying from this horrible virus, I was forced to provide lesson plans. I also had make sure I had my lessons ready for next week, so I could share with my partner teachers.  

So that is why this blog has been blogless for a little while. But I thought I’d share a few things we worked on with my kinder friends.  As, I stated in an earlier post, this new job has me teaching K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and sometimes 5th! Yes, you heard that right! So I’ll be posting lots of ideas.  Unfortunately, my job also has me literally running from one grade to another. So often I forget to take pictures of the things we’re doing. I’m going to try to get better. 

Each day we practice our alphabet chart and read our alphabet book.  
 I also have a group practicing their names. I’ve made their names into roads, used sidewalk chalk, shaving cream, play doh, and recently did the name pyramids below.  
My first grade friends are currently working on short vowel review and sight words.  Lately, I’ve been creating little readers for my sweet first grade people.  These will be available soon. 
And finally, my third graders have been doing lots of close reading with short passages and the alphabet, but honestly, they just aren’t interested.  I People I certainly know that these passages are necessary and will most likely be what they see on a test, but I needed to go back to the basics, get some great literature in their hands and hit those standards.  So next week, I chose Stellaluna.  It’s a level N, which is perfect for where we’re reading since I’m intervention. I created 5 days of lessons with lots of options. We’ll be starting with vocab, then work on sequencing, character traits/change, the role illustrations play in a text and we’ll compare a nonfiction passage to the story.  As, I said I created this unit for my 3rd graders, but it could certainly be used in second grade and some of the lesson I would even use with my first graders with support.  You can check out this unit by clicking below.  
It will also be added to my Shared Reading Growing Bundle.  
So now that we’re getting healthy, (As I knock on wood), I should be back soon with some more literacy fun! 
Michelle Oakes

Michelle Oakes

Wife, mom of 2 boys and a bulldog, reading specialist, Target frequenting lover of fashion, home decorating, Cincinnati girl.

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