So I'm on my way out and don't have a bunch of time but I wanted to update this week's centers to stay ahead, instead of behind, on blogging. (See? I am trying to be better!!)
Anyway, here are the centers for this week:
Read to Someone: Chart their WPM rate on their graphs, use a stopwatch to time each other. Use their book club books for the text.
Read to Self: Read their book club books (Comic sequence project due the following week so they must read, Read, READ!)
Listening: Listen to the story and then close the book, shut off the tape, and write down everything they can remember, in sequence. I need to work on new ideas for this center. More to come in the next few weeks!
Writing: Work on their explanatory/How-To writing. They selected what they were an expert on, and have been writing on that. We are on the typing/publishing stage---wah-hoo!
Word Work: Soooo we had an awesome "party" on Halloween....a Word Party! Students picked awesome, long, and new words and had to dress up like their word. (see post on www.myclassyroom/wordpress.com). Anyway, to expand even more (and so that I can see each student really "knows" their word), I added this as a center. The kids LOVED them. I wish I could post all 22. What was even better was listening to them discuss and justify their selections. I was so proud! :)
On to the last center...
Group: This was my last week with the materials borrowed from the library at college so I used the social inference cards. It was a good way to assess how much they knew about inference. It seems as though they have a grasp on social inferences, so the key will figuring out how to tie that in to literature.
Happy Saturday---I'm off!