Here is what we have been doing this week.
I really challenged my students this week during our guided reading time with a little rhyming cvc word bingo. Talk about challenging! Most of my kiddos could do this without any problems and it was more challenging for them. I have about 3 kids out of 16 who really struggled and still need work on sounding and blending. We will be playing this more. This is from my Thanksgiving Small Group Reading Activities pack. Click the picture to learn more about the pack.
We have been working on our writing. The students dictated sentences to me about leaves. Next week I will cut up their sentences on strips of paper and give it to them to put back together. They will glue their sentence onto a piece of paper and illustrate. We will use our illustrated sentences to make a class book about leaves.
We also wrote about bats. I love some of the words they gave me for this chart! Did you know that bats have a predator other than humans? They are called cave crickets. They look like a granddaddy long legs to me. When a bat smacks against a cave wall and injures itself, the cave crickets will swarm around it and eat the bat. Interesting? Isn't it? I learned that on a cave tour years ago so if you ever go spelunking, beware of the cave cricket.
My lovely assistant was absent today and I had a sub assistant. She told me at the end of the day that she was really impressed with the reading ability of my class. She hasn't been in a kindergarten class that is reading like mine. It made me one proud teacher! It made me think, what am I doing that is different from the other teachers? I know what it is. It's a little strategy that I use daily that I learned when I taught in a Reading First school. I still use it the first 5 minutes of every day. I'll share more about it tomorrow. ;)
This week, I made a new listening log. You can get it here for free! Just click the picture below. Happy Friday!