Like many of you, I am happy to report that I survived my first of school. I'd be lying if I said it was easy! Since I taught my first graders when they were in kindergarten, they came to me already familiar with my procedures and I was actually able to start stations today. Here are some pictures of what they did...
At the Grammar Station, they made sentences with Lakeshore's Sentence Building Learning Center. I had some paper there for them to write some of their favorite sentences.
At the Phonics Station, they played Bingo. My phonics station will be used for spelling, but we didn't start Journeys yet, so I just put out some fun activities for the children to use, so they could get used to our station procedures.
At the Listening Station, they thoroughly enjoyed Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and I Love School, by Philemon Sturges.
This is my library, and we call this station Read to Self. I am doing my own version of the Daily 5. Daily 8 to be exact! We started building our stamina on Wednesday. The children started with 3 minutes, just like the book suggested. Then, they read for 5 minutes. And then 7 minutes! They were supposed to go for 10 minutes today, but we ran out of time and didn't get to it. However, the children who went to Read to Self, followed all of the suggestions from our Read to Self anchor chart. They all read for 15 minutes! It was a beautiful sight! They didn't even realize I took their picture!
At the Word Work Station, they practiced the Journeys back to school words. This is my newest Journeys game, Read it, Make it, Write it. It kept them actively engaged the entire time.
At the Work on Writing Station, the children used my School Supplies Scrambled Sentences activity. They put the sentences in order, and began writing them in their booklet.
Here is my Writer's Notebook Station. They children can write whatever they want. Most of them used the Writing Topics Cards to help generate ideas. They were happy to see them again this year, as they were a huge part of their kindergarten writer's workshop last year.
The only station that was not open today, was Meet With the Teacher. I wanted to keep myself accessible to help answer questions and to make sure our first station experience was a success. At one point, though, I told the children that they were on their own because I was going to pretend to have a small group at my teacher station. They got a kick out of watching me teach my invisible children how to read! All kidding aside, this was very helpful to me, because it made me realize that I would have to rearrange my teacher table to make room for my small groups.
Once I start Journeys, I will have 2 whole group lessons, Monday through Thursday. My first whole group lesson will be about 30 minutes and will cover HFW, phonics, spelling, and grammar. This will be followed by 4-20 minute station rotations. I will meet with 3 reading groups a day. During the fourth rotation, I will meet with my Tier 2 and/or Tier 3 students. My final whole group lesson will cover the comprehension skills and strategies for the week. This will be followed by a short writer's workshop. Friday's will be reserved for testing and seasonal/thematic activities. Here is an image of what my rotation schedule will look like...
Since I don't have a teacher station yet, today, I replaced all the teacher stations with another round of Read to Self.
Next week, we will continue to build our stamina for Read to Self, and continue stations. We also have the SAT for 4 days, so first grade will be very, very busy!
I'll be back this weekend to let you know who the lucky winner is from my Learning Resources Giveaway! Right now, it's 7:00 PM and I can hardly keep my eyes open!