Last Thursday was one of my best days yet in my new position. I spent my day doing what I love, planning out curriculum! That is one great thing about my new job. I get to spend time at work planning! Thursday I went to another school in my district and helped them plan Reading Workshop for their 3rd graders. It was great sitting down with other teachers and talking curriculum! (Only a teacher would find that enjoyable!) We worked on getting their unit on book series up and running. My tip to any teachers that are planning on using Calkins book series units, make sure you have several copies of multiple books in a series. So suggestions for 3rd grade would be
Here are a few anchor charts from this unit (ignore my shoes! I had to stand on a chair to get the pic!)
We also included discussions on Flat and Round characters. I created these posters of them that we used on an anchor chart. These really helped my students begin to see how a character is important to the story and that minor characters support the main character. Pick up yours here for free!
They used Lilly as their character map. After really studying about how Lilly acted, they had their students draw pictures of themselves and add words around them that describe them. I love looking at these as I go down the hall!
Well I'm off to do a model Kinder lesson on pumpkins! Wish me luck! For all your Kinder people out there, this is new territory for me....check back later to see how it went!