Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Oh Dear!

It's been a VERY long time since I blogged!  Summer got away from me, and then school started - and as I'm sure it is for all of you, it was hectic and crazy for me!  With our move this summer, I thought I'd have all this time in the afternoon - forgetting that now I have a very active (nearly) 2 year old who needs and wants constant entertainment - and who I want to entertain every day!  So my blog  took a backseat... but now that the fall is WELL underway (those of us in Boston may even agree that fall is over and we're into winter...) I have a bit of a routine and hope to find a little more time to blog.

But, in other news, just because I haven't been blogging, doesn't mean I haven't been creating!  This fall I've been focusing on my reading program - I've always done small guided reading groups in my class, but always find myself struggling with activities to go with each story.  So this fall, I have been working to get myself organized.  A bunch of years ago I ordered a bunch of holiday books in multiple sets.  I've always used them, but each year the "follow up" activities have varied based on how far in advance I've planned.  So this year I put together a bunch of comprehension questions for each book - they're designed to be used as packets - one page per chapter (usually 3 or 4 questions per chapter) and after we read, I have my students work on answering them before moving on to other reading activities.  I've been using them all year and they're a great way for my reading groups to reflect on what they read with me, while also working alone (or with their group).  Plus it gives me another "grade" or way of checking understanding besides just answering questions in our group.  I have my students write their answers in complete sentences - or in just plain answers for students who need a modification.

I am working to put them together into bundles based on seasons - with a great price discount - if you happen to have all the same books as me.  But if not, I posted them separately so you can just get what you need!

Check them out!  http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Mrs-Hart/Category/Guided-Reading

I'm going to try to be better about blogging now - I've been off Instagram and blogs in general and I've missed it!  

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