Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Day in My Shoes

Adventures of a 6th Graderadayinmyshoes is hosting a linky party about what’s really going on in everyone’s classroom.  So, here is a post I made for my parents of what happens in my classroom each day.  Stop by Adventures of a 6th Grader to see what’s going on in everyone else’s classroom.




Welcome to Grade 1B.  Here is a virtual tour of your first grader’s day:
7:50 – 8:00 Restroom & Unpacking  Before students come to class, they are encouraged to use the restroom, so that they will not need to interrupt their learning to go to the restroom.  When students arrive in the classroom, they take out their agendas and homework, and then get ready for Reading Centers.
8:00 – 9:00 Reading Centers.  During Reading Centers, students may choose one of five centers to go to.  Around 8:30, students will switch to a second center.  Students are expected to try to go to each center two times each week.  While students are working at centers, I will pull small groups to work on reading with me at my table.  Groups are organized by the skills students need to work on.  Although some centers may change, most stay the same from one week to the next, with only slight variations.  Here is a look at this week’s reading centers.
100_5835Center 1 – Listening Center – Students listen to stories on MP3 players while following along in the book.  After listening to the story, the complete a page telling me the main character and their favorite part.  
 
 
 
100_5836Center 2 – Use the Word Wall – In this center, students use the word wall to read words.  Sometimes they just read the words. 
 
 
 
 
 
100_5839Center 3 – Reading Puzzles – In this center, students complete puzzles that help them to read words. Sometimes we work on puzzles that help us sound out, sometimes we work on sight words (like color or shape words), sometimes we work on letter sounds or word families.
 
 
100_5840Center 4 – Picture Dictionaries – In this center, students are slowly building100_5841 themselves a vocabulary dictionary with pictures of words for each letter of the alphabet.
 
 
 
 
100_5842Center 5 – Reading Books – In this center, students are reading Easy-Reader Books.  They have two buckets of books to choose from and are to find at least 3 books they can read independently (reading the words, not just looking at the pictures).  Then, they write the titles of those 3 books in their center packets.
 
 
 
 
 
9:00 – 9:45 Writing Centers - During Writing Centers, students may choose one of five centers to go to. Around 9:20, students will switch to a second center. Students are expected to try to go to each center two times each week. While students are working at centers, I will pull small groups to work on writing with me at my table. Groups are organized by the skills students need to work on. Although some centers may change, most stay the same from one week to the next, with only slight variations. Here is a look at this week’s writing centers.
100_5843Center 1 – Content Center – this center changes every week to reflect our current science or social studies theme. One example of this is my animal characteristics centers.
 
 
 
 
 
100_5847Center 2 – Sight Word Center – in this center, students practice their weekly sight words.  They write their words with pencil, then color over their words, then they may use plastic letters to spell their words.
 
 
 
100_5846Center 3 – Free Write – Each week, students have the opportunity to write about any topic they choose.  They draw a picture and then write about their picture.  They are expected to have at least 2 sentences, using finger spacing, capitols and periods.
 
 
 
100_5845Center 4 – Handwriting – In this center, students practice using their best handwriting.  They are given a sentence to write and will write that sentence over and over, either on a white board or a paper, to practice their handwriting.
 
 

 
100_5844Center 5 – Phonics –   Students are working on phonics letter sounds in this center. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
9:45 – 10:30 – Content or Specials – Depending on the day, students will either do a whole group (everyone receiving instruction together) science or social studies lesson, or students will go to a specials class, such as library, computers or PE. 
100_585110:30 – 10:45 – Snack/Restroom/Recess – During this time, students may eat a snack go to the restroom and have a time to play with their friends.  As First Graders, we play out in the courtyard.
 
 
   
10:45 – 11:25 – Specials – Students will attend a specials class during this time. 
 
11:25 – 12:15 – Math Centers - During Math Centers, students may choose one of five centers to go to. Around 11:55, students will switch to a second center. Students are expected to try to go to each center two times each week. While students are working at centers, I will pull small groups to work on math with me at my table. Groups are organized by the skills students need to work on. Although some centers may change, most stay the same from one week to the next, with only slight variations. Here is a look at this week’s math centers.
100_5863Center 1 – Thinking Centers – The students often call this the computer center, because they are often on the computer.  The purpose of this center is to develop critical thinking.  Many websites help students to do this, so this is why they use the computer so often in this center. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

100_5859Center 2 – Math Words – At this center, students work on the words associated with math. 
 
 
 
 
 
100_5857Center 3 – Puzzles – This self – explanatory center is most kids’ favorite center.  These puzzles are often self-correcting puzzles that relate to the topic we are covering. 
 
 
 
 
100_5866Center 4 – Patterns – Students make patterns with manipulative shapes.
 
 
 
 

 
100_5861Center 5 – 100’s Chart – At this center we focus on counting and numbers by using a 100’s chart.  Then students answer questions based on the 100’s chart.

 
 
 
12:15 – 1:00 – Lunch & Lunch Recess – At this time, we go to the cafeteria for lunch.  When students finish their lunch, they are dismissed to lunch recess.
1:00 – 1:15 – Calendar – Every day, we do calendar to work on many different skills, including, but not limited to: days of the week, months of the year, weather, patterns, making numbers, and counting money (both in dollars and dirhams).
1:15 – 1:55 – French – Students have French class.
100_58671:55 – 2:10 – Write down Homework – At this time, students write their homework down in their agendas, and we review the homework expectations.
2:10 – 2:40 – Phonics Chant, Word Wall & Number Aerobics – During this time, we review some of the things we began the year with, including the phonics chant (for letter sounds), the word wall (for sight words) and number aerobics (for counting review and groups of 10).
2:40 – 2:55 – Read Aloud – Students come to the floor and listen to a story.  During this time, we work on reading comprehension strategies.
***  On Tuesdays and Fridays students go to Music from 2:30 – 3:00.  On Fridays students who have 15 stars go to Friday Party from 2:05 – 2:30.  ***
2:55 – 3:00 Stars & Packing Up – At this time, I write in each childs’ agenda how many stars they have earned for the day (Remember that 3 stars and up indicates a good day.)  Then students pack up and we come out for dismissal.


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