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Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Thing About November...

The thing about November is that it really makes you stop and think about what you are thankful for...and it is a time when you can share your thoughts about what you are thankful for (especially now that Facebook is around!).  I am so thankful for so many things...I am thankful for my family, friends, the blogging community, and you.  Yes you!  You give me a reason to write and a reason to share when I'd be just as happy if I crawled back into my shell and sat back and watched life happen.  Thank you!

Speaking of watching life happen, I am the world's worse when it comes to schedules.  I have a HORRIBLE time following them when it comes to the classroom.  So, when I heard about the linky that Susan Jones was linking, I figured I might as well join up. 

 There has been a lot of talk about RTI and how it fits into schedules and I have to confess that I am REALLY worried this week as I begin teaching 2 different RTI groups while trying to put the BALANCE into Balanced Literacy with only 120 minutes to teach literacy.  That gives me an hour to do all of my guided reading groups, my read aloud, my shared reading, throw in some social studies and science, teach some phonics, create my anchor charts,oh, and I forgot....writer's workshop.  And to think, I stopped biting my fingernails years is my schedule.

My Schedule 

8:15 Folders are out kids 'Read to Self'

8:30-9:00  RTI

9:00-9:30 Whole Group

9:30-9:45 Small Group

9:45-10:15 2nd RTI Group

10:15-10:45 Small Groups

10:45 Related Arts, except on Friday. 

11:30 Clean Up 

11:40 Lunch 

12:05 Recess 

12:30 Math and math activities 

2:40 Clean up and get ready for dismissal. 

This week I am using Lemonade for Sale by Stuart J. Murphy as my read aloud!

I also wanted to show you what I am using in my classroom this week!  I'm not big on visual plans, but how about a visual list??  =)

Here is a fluency pack from none other than the NUTTY AS A FRUITCAKE, Missy Squirrels!  

This packet was created by Amanda Madden from Teaching Maddeness!  We are teaching about producers, consumers, needs, and wants this week.

And, of course I am using my old standby to teach sight words!  Lori is awesome!

I don't have any big ideas for a craftivity.  Any suggestions?  Just leave them in the comment section!


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