We have been trying to get our classroom schedule all set and I have found a few activities that my students have fallen in love with!
First is our reading journals. We have been cutting, coloring, organizing, and glueing until our little hearts are content. We are using Nicole Shelby's Interactive Reading Notebooks. They miss it if we don't use it in class for the day. I'm super excited about how it is coming along!
Another activity that my students get excited about each day is Pick A Prompt. I created this product to give students a writing opportunity every day. I really like how it reinforces the three types of writing from the Common Core Standards. My kids literally beg to do this each day! I love that they are so excited about writing. I make a big production of the whole event. I used a cookie jar from Wal-Mart and added some ribbon so it would match our classroom. I'll stand in front of the class and mix up the prompts while talking up the "mystery" of what the prompt might be. They get so excited. Then I choose one prompt and read it aloud. We will discuss the prompt and decide if it is narrative, informative, or opinion. I then remind the students of specific skills that we have been learning and that I want to see in their writing (example: sentence starters, capitalization, punctuation, sentence variety). Once the kids begin writing, I date the writing prompt and place it in a pocket chart to keep up with the order of the prompts in case I need to review them when looking over the student's responses.
We just completed our August prompts, so this weekend I'm off the create the September version. Guess I'd better get to work!