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Morning Work/Activities

Apr 11, 2013 7:45pm

Any good ideas for morning "work?" I am looking for more long term projects or resources on simple challenges?

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    • Apr 12, 2013 3:18am

      Many students love writing narratives, but narratives are getting pushed aside for the more "academic" genres - argument and informative. You could have students go through the full writing process to write and illustrate a fictional story. If you started with clear assignment guidelines, checkpoints, and rubric, all the kids could be at different paces throughout the long term prompt. At the end, each student could highlight their favorite paragraph in the narrative and read it to the class. It gets students writing for the fun of writing, but it will also allow you to access their narrative writing ability and their skill at revising and editing. If you have access to computers, they could even type their final drafts and you could make a class library, for students to check out each other's books and read them for another morning work unit.

      • Apr 18, 2013 9:34pm

        My students participate in the Daily 5 program. One component to D5 is "Buddy Reading?"They all have books in book baskets that they read on their level. I have my students come to class and do their lunch count, put their homework on their desks and unpack. After they are done with those things, they get their book baskets and find another friend to read with. They should read a few pages to their partner and then they should ask "who and what"? The person who is listening has to telll who was on the pages read and what happened within those pages. Not only are they reading to a partenr, but they are also checking for comprehension. Tho other great thing about this model is that I don't have any extra papers to correct.