This is my final weekend before returning to work. I have really enjoyed my spring break and didn't do too much work. I went out with some friends last night and enjoyed a happy happy hour, but alas I am starting to think about all the things I will come back to on Monday; unfinished lesson plans, DRA testing, staff meetings, our big school wide event (which I am on the planning committee) and on and on . . . I even had a back to school dream where I had to take the morning off and when I returned to school, my sub didn't show up and my class disappeared. Does anyone else have those dreams? I always know that the end of a vacation is near when I start to have my back to school dreams.
So to appease the back to school gods I did a little planning today while Lola was napping. After I return I will finished up my unit on asking questions and start my favorite unit - determining importance! I love teaching this thinking strategy because I pair it with nonfiction writing and our science investigation of insects. It's such a fun, exciting and engaging way to end the school year. Although I'm not particularly found of insects, I heart how excited my students get when learning about them (until they begin to bring them in for show & tell!!)
I am posting a few things I created for my new unit. Once I get back to work and in the swing of things, I will post some pictures of anchor charts and examples of student work.
This first download is a collection of things I have found over the years. Books I've read, articles I've found, etc, etc. I put everything in one document. Then following that is some response sheets I use to capture my student's thinking about determining importance.
FQR Response Sheet
Important Ideas vs. Interesting Details
Nonfiction Reading Response
What's the Big Idea - RR for Det. Import.
Be sure to check back in on Tuesday when I will have my top ten Michael Scott quotes as my tribute to him leaving the office.