With that little added bit, I've been trying to plan. Think and plan. Get motivated and plan.
We will do a little of Happy New Year. I have some collections of review and "fun" type activities that I managed to dig out of my files.
Penguins and Tacky. I love Helen Lester's books. And...our Treasures basal story for the first week of Unit 4 is Birds so it stands to reason that I can do some fiction before we begin the non-fiction.
Abby over at The Inspired Apple shared a work station that she used. You can access the original owner here. We will review consonant blends and digraphs some before starting a new phonetic pattern.
I also want to do more vocabulary work. I had just introduced vocabulary journals in December. I will choose some words to work on that come straight from Tacky! Odd. Switch. March. A great time to work with multiple meaning words and their use in context!
To go along with the Common Core I plan on letting small groups give the details of various "Tacky" books.
I just printed labels similar to these and will use small chart paper for my firsties to use!
We can move into the research area of Common Core when we learn more about them. I think I will combine this with the writing workshop time and let each child write their own researched project with a table of contents, drawing, captions, close-up, and map. It's always hard to fit science and social studies in the minutes of my day so I think this will work wonderfully. The above pic is from The First Grade Parade.
And to conclude--a few pics of my firsties working with counting patterns.