Thursday, July 02, 2015

Daily 5: Ideas for Each Activity

This post could also be called 'photo dump', as I clear out my camera from this past year :)

Looking at these pictures reminds me of the FANTASTIC year we've had, and how great the Daily 5 worked in our classroom!
 Here are some activities that we did for each component of Daily 5 {for even more ideas, scroll to the link at the bottom of the page}
READ TO SELF

During Daily 5, nothing made me happier than to see boys truly engaged in reading books they enjoy!

Students read to themselves...or a few friends :)


READ WITH A PARTNER
After we went through all the fluency cards, students could choose what to read to their partner(s).
Our unit on Reader's Theatre {here} sure helped with their fluency and expression!


WORK ON WRITING

I love how students took ownership of this activity! They wrote books {above}

and notes to each other...

and made information booklets {TONS of FREE thematic word lists can be found here}

WORD WORK

This was one of my favourite activities to introduce to the class. We incorporated SO many ways to work on our spelling words.
In the activity above, students are writing their words in 'funky letters'.

...See how the letters go with the words?!...

So cute :)


Here students made word searches using their spelling words. When they were finished, they traded their papers with the others in their group and started searching!
These 2 activities just a small part of a great freebie pack from Mel at Seusstastic {here}

In this activity, students are finding words inside their spelling words.

LISTEN TO READING

Students used my iPad to listen to hundreds of great books, read online.



When the story was over, they filled in reading response forms. I had quite a selection of forms for them to choose from, to keep things interesting! This one is from Mel's set too :)

For even MORE Daily 5 ideas for each activity, click the button below!
http://mrsbremersk.blogspot.ca/search/label/Daily%205

Friday, June 26, 2015

Flat Stanley

Our final book study for the year was Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown.
 Our class loved Flat Stanley!

 They filled in character traits about the characters in the story...even the bad guys!
 Using the chapter book, they filled in comprehension questions about the story. They had to provide evidence from the text!


 They are getting good at close reading!




 This pack hits on a lot of essential skills, including close reading, providing evidence from the text, problem and solution, text-to-self connections...and more!

 I always love reading their 'Story Notes' page! 
It's fun to see how different all the answers are.
 Do you read Flat Stanley with your class? 
Check out my pack by clicking the link below!


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Magic Tree House!

My class had a great time discovering the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne.

I decided to do guided reading a little differently...students were allowed to choose any book they wanted to do as an individual book study.

They were so excited to choose...
Magic Tree House book study/book companion for ANY book in the series!

Magic Tree House book study/book companion for ANY book in the series!
...and to settle in, read, and enjoy!
Magic Tree House book study/book companion for ANY book in the series!

Magic Tree House book study/book companion for ANY book in the series!

Magic Tree House book study {for any book in the series!}
After their book was finished, they filled in response pages that made students dig into their stories.
Magic Tree House book study/book companion for ANY book in the series!

Magic Tree House book study/book companion for ANY book in the series!

Magic Tree House book study/book companion for ANY book in the series!

Magic Tree House book study/book companion for ANY book in the series!

Magic Tree House book study/book companion for ANY book in the series!
Some activities were text-to-self connections, others were comprehension questions. There were activities to story map and to bring out the main elements in the story. Others pages gave students opportunities to think about and share their opinions!
Magic Tree House book study/book companion for ANY book in the series!

Magic Tree House book study/book companion for ANY book in the series!

Magic Tree House book study/book companion for ANY book in the series!

Magic Tree House book study/book companion for ANY book in the series!

 Magic Tree House book study {for ANY book in the series!}
{US and Canadian spelling included!}
Magic Tree House book study/book companion for ANY book in the series!

Magic Tree House book study book companion for ANY book in the series!
This Magic Tree House pack can be used for ANY book in the series!
Magic Tree House book study/book companion for ANY book in the series!
After our studies were completed, we did a Paper Bag Book Club, where students could share about their books with others in the group. It was fun to compare & contrast books from the series. And the best part...they were inspired to read even MORE books! 
Magic Tree House book study/book companion for ANY book in the series!

Magic Tree House book study {for ANY book in the series!}

Magic Tree House book study/book companion for ANY book in the series!

Click below to find the Magic Tree House book study pack {that goes with ANY book in the series!}
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Magic-Tree-House-Book-Companion-Novel-Study-for-ANY-book-in-the-series-1801199

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