Saturday, January 19, 2013

Fe, Fi, Fo, Fumb....

I finally finished my Common Core Aligned Fairy Tale Unit! We will be using it the whole month the February. I am so excited because I love teaching and reading fairy tales! It is probably one of my favorite things to teach! Before I share my unit I have been meaning to share about our reading block and what it looks like...

Here is our schedule:


Phonics: 8:35-8:50ish
Mentor Text Read Aloud: 8:50-9:10
Introduce Strategy or Topic for the week: 9:10-9:30
Partner Activity with Strategy: 9:30-9:50
Mini Lesson for Writing: 9:50-10:00
Independent Writing Time/Conferences 10:00-10:20
Wrap up and Share Out 10:20-10:35

*Our Mondays look at little different than the rest of the week because we don't do small group or Daily 5 (D5)


Phonics: 8:35-8:50
Mentor Text Read Aloud with Strategy 8:50-9:10
First Small Group Rotation 9:10-9:30
Second Small Group Rotation 9:30-9:50
Third Small Group Rotation 9:50-10:10
Fourth Small Group Rotation 10:10-10:30
Wrap up/Share Out 10:35

Some of you might be wondering how I do D5 with only 4 Rotations well....the students get through all of the D5 in two days. Each day they have small group and read to self. The other two rotations slots are either Listen to Reading/Read to Someone one day and the next day Word Work/Writing the second day. I don't allow the students to choose where they want to go. I wanted to get my feet wet this year before I made that BIG leap!

I love our reading block this year! This is the first year I feel like I am teaching reading and it is meaningful! During small group time I use an intervention program by Fountas and Pinnell called LLI. I am super excited because I have one group that has graduated from the program past a level N! I have two other groups that will graduate before the end of the month! I can't believe what a difference guided reading has made in my students reading. I honestly wish it was something our whole district embraced!

On to my Fairy Tale Unit! I will be using it during the Mentor Text Read Aloud time and it will be where I pull my Common Core aligned strategies from! I also included some word work that I will use during D5 to help reinforce skills I will be teaching!

Click on the picture to check it out! 

These are the standards that are addressed in the unit! 

This weekend has been jam packed already! We are putting our townhouse on the market therefore we are going through everything and deep cleaning! I am hoping it sells quickly but you never know with this market! Tomorrow will be much of the same cleaning! It will hopefully be worth it in the end! 

P.S. The first two people who comment with their email I will send you my new unit for free! 

Happy Saturday! 


Tania said...

Looks great!

Christina Marie said...

How awesome! Love how you have your reading block set up! Thanks!

Christina :)
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Jenna Frederick said...

This looks amazing.i have been looking for something to use for this. Sad I wasn't ne of the first two.


♥ Owl in a Vowel Tree ♥ said...

Awww! I missed it! It looks amazing! Thank you for sharing your schedule :)

Suzy Q said...

Good luck selling your townhouse. Hopefully, it is 'just right' for someone else and it sells quickly! I really need to deep clean, too...and we aren't moving!

Traci Clausen said...

Kelly, I love how organized you have your ELA block scheduled in the morning. Mine is very similar. Fairy tales are perfect mentor texts! Your pack looks great.
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Mrs. Patton said...

Thanks for sharing your schedule too! The unit looks great!!

Unknown said...

Love your blog, just found through Pintrest. I wish I had not already taught Fairytales but we did it last nine weeks! Looks awesome!

Holly said...

You have been one busy, busy girl!!!!!

Love it!

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Elisabeth said...

This is a great looking unit! I love teaching Fairy Tales. Can't wait to see a post about how you teach them.
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