Sunday, September 16, 2012

Super Sunday

I know it's been a few days.  I was planning on posting to my blog every day, but then life happened :)  Our hot water heater had to be replaced, we had a leak, and I had several other things this weekend, so all of my school ideas had to be put on hold for a few days :)

Anyway, I've been thinking about all of the new standards, programs, websites, etc. we have gotten within our school and our grade level.  One of the things that our county has adopted this year is CAFE/Daily 5.  I'm slowly starting to get some CAFE in and Daily 5, but I'm definitely not where I want to be with it yet.  I'm getting the Daily 5 stuff in every day, but right now it is more whole group than free choice or center-related.  I am looking forward to the day that I feel like it is fully implemented and running smoothly.  One thing I decided to do with mine is adjust it a little.  I added Grammar Work as part of my Daily 5 routine and I decided sometimes we may do 2 Grammar Works, 2 Work on Writing stations, or 2 Word Work stations with the other strategies.  We do Read to Self every day, so I'm not going to do that as part of my Daily 5 routine for the time being.  I also will probably only do a Daily 4 instead of a Daily 5.  Below is a picture of what my CAFE board looks like if it's full.  On my TPT site, I have TONS of CAFE/Daily 5 cards for free, so if your school is using CAFE/Daily 5 and you want cards that match your theme, you may want to go look.  I don't have every theme, but I do have a lot.  Below is a link to my TPT CAFE/Daily 5 cards and a picture of what my CAFE board looks like.


This is my CAFE board.  Below the headers, I have put my students' names.  This way I know what each individual student in my room needs.  Also, I am getting ready to make emergent cards for my students since I teach first grade.  I did take down most of the cards since I took this picture, but I wanted my parents and you to get an idea of what the board will eventually look like.


Out of all of the new stuff we have added, my favorites are 6 Trait Writing and Daily Word Problems.  Both of these were EASY to implement and honestly, I think both give the kids a great foundation as they move up to other grade levels.  I also LOVE Reading A-Z.  If you join, you have the opportunity to get tons and tons of printable books on your students' Lexile levels.  My membership just became official this weekend and I can't wait to load up on some new books!  Below is a link to Reading A-Z.


Anyway, that's all I have for Super Sunday.  Next Sunday, I am planning on Having a Super Sunday Sale on TPT :)  Hopefully, I will have several new fall creations ready and you will find what you need.  I will probably run the sale through Wednesday :)

If you have curriculum or a website that you LOVE to use, please share it :)  I know my best ideas come from other teachers.

Have a Fantabulous Week!

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