Friday, April 10, 2015
Spring Babies are EVERYWHERE!
In addition to reading the poem every day, students are asked to locate word wall words, cvc words, capital letters, end marks, rhyming words and more. BUT to make shared reading really count it can't end on Friday. The poem has been updated and corrected. If you downloaded it prior to 6:00 pm, you will want to download it again. Sorry.
Students can also create a Bridge Map for Spring Babies. A Bridge Map makes comparisons and teaches analogies. When completed the Bridge Map can be read, "The pig has a piglet JUST LIKE the duck has a duckling JUST LIKE the chicken has a chick..." After the Thinking Map is created by the class, students can create their own Bridge Map in a Science Center AND can write about babies i the Writing Center.
The following week the poem is also in the poetry center. The students can complete one of two activities. The first, and easiest activity is simply reading the activity, locate the word wall words by circling and coloring them yellow, illustrating the poem and reading it to a friend. The second requires the student to fill in the word wall words appropriately, illustrate, and read to a friend. Typically, the easier is done the first semester and the latter is done the second semester.
Students will create an art center relating to the poem. The art will also have a copy of the poem on the paper. Students must read the poem to someone else before their center is complete.
I call this center the "Modified" Pocket Chart center because I don't actually use a pocket chart. The poem is typed out of order, students must arrange the poem correctly, illustrate and read the poem.
As you can tell the theme of our shared reading poem is practice, practice, practice. This leads to improved comprehension and increased fluency.
Students are given a typed book to read during their Read-to-Self time. This book can be independently read with the students locating the word wall words, pointing for 1-to-1 accuracy, and/or fluency. Students can also use this book as a partner read or read to someone book.
As you can tell, your Shared Reading is more than a 4 line poem. It's the springboard to independent centers, writing topics, and plenty of activities for weeks to come.