What type of book is this? What evidence
can we use to support our answer?
Why would the author write this book?
After the “housework,” you’ll get into those vocabulary words! I hope you ar getting more into your groove for this! Just a couple reminders/tips! Be sure you think ahead on which words you would like to turn and talk on and which words you want to do a simple raised-hand answering! Also, if you haven’t tried tabbing your pages…you ca do that too! I like to tab each page with a so that I won’t forget it (HA is this just me?) Below I will share the vocabulary words and their optional actions!
traffic- make lots of honking noises and look in distress
crawls- move your arms like you are moving slowly (careful here to not let kids actually crawl as this is a different version of the word)
wind- take one hand and motion it back and forth as if it’s going around corners
island- make a fist (island) and motion water all around the land
neighborhood- make a house with your arms
Yes, so as I stated above, I place 3-4 activities into each basket! Why do I do this? I like to offer the students a variety of games in their basket! This allows them an opportunity to “choose” which game they would like to play first and helps with “buy in” as they love being in charge of the literacy center basket! Yes, that is 16 or so activities. However, you will see in the pictures below that sometimes it is simply one practice sheet or a hands-on game that doesn’t take a lot of prep!
Q: My kids are not fully engaged in the LEARNING during literacy centers. How do I get the students to use the activities correctly and not play around?
Again, I feel this is really part of the “buy in” during literacy centers! It’s so important that we build it up… how they get to work on their during this time, they won’t need us (teacher) because they will be able to do it on their own! Modeling is also KEY! I try to take those few extra minutes and model the correct and wrong way the centers might be used! Will someone stick all the magnets on the back of the cookie sheet instead of the front? Possibly! So, model it that way and wait for someone’s gasp…. then explain how that isn’t the correct way! Then, model the correct way to play for all students to see!
Below I will be sharing with you my first set of literacy center basket!
BASKET # 1
Have a SUPER week and talk soon!