The first one is Jonelle's (from A Place Called Kindergarten) drawing unit. Check out Jonelle's post for a list of great read alouds to use for teaching students to draw. Teach students to draw lines, use how-to drawing books, draw faces, add details, titles, brands, and labels, fill in white space, use speech bubbles, and more!! I was struggling with where to go next for writer's workshop because I felt like my kids needed more practice on drawing. Now I know :)
These self-portraits from Joyful Learning in KC would make a great addition to Jonelle's drawing unit. I can't wait to have my kids make these!
The second post is from Melissa at Joyful Learning in KC. Melissa has a great schedule for incorporating some kind of word warm up each day of the week. Check out Melissa's schedule here.
Mystery Word Mondays- mystery box item with clues (relate the item to a certain letter, theme of study, or read aloud for the day), missing title of a book, cloze procedure with a big book, using clues in a read aloud to make inferences
Talking Tuesdays- learn and tell or turn and talk with read alouds, survey questions, show and tell, share great things, retelling rope
WOW Word Wednesdays- introduce new vocabulary words from one of the day's read alouds
Thinking Map Thursdays- incorporate a thinking map into one of your lessons
Funny Fridays- read books that will make you laugh, use joke and riddle books
I love this schedule for holding myself accountable for making sure I include each of these aspects in my teaching each week and the kids love fun routines like this.
Thanks ladies for the inspiration!! I love what you do in your classrooms! Thanks for sharing it on your blogs.