Friday, October 12, 2012

A little catch-up

So, I had planned on posting while I was student teaching. I wanted to document my experience and share ideas. Sadly, that has not happened. I have seminar classes during my student teaching and with a toddler, teenager, and a naughty puppy, I have been overwhelmed.

Student teaching is going well. I enjoy looking for new ideas and making things to use in the classroom. Like many of you, we use/do? Daily 5 during our reading block. One of the first things I added to the classroom was a boggle board. The classroom theme is bees, so I made the board in black and yellow.
Yep, it is on the door because that is the only free space left :-). The kids love it. As they enter and exit the room they are always noticing new words. I realize the top is crooked, I fixed that later. I change the letters every week to coordinate with the weekly lessons. I always hide at least one spelling word and try to place an emphasis on the week's sound focus.

Then I made those adorable iPhones for spelling practice. They are a favorite during Daily 5 Word Work.
You can find theme here at Dragonflies in first


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  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog! You'll never guess what is on my list to do this week... the boggle for spelling! Can't wait. Hope the printer doesn't run out of ink!
    I am your newest follower!

    1. Thank you for following me :-), although I have not been a great blogger so far.
      The students really LOVE the boggle board. It was difficult for them at first, but once they got used to it they loved it. While I was student teaching, it was on the door so the students would notice new words as they went out. They would get so excited! I used it as a Daily 5 word work choice. I just finished a long-term sub job in another first grade class and used it with them as well. They were not doing Daily 5, but I still wanted to use it. I made a smaller board and would put it out during reading centers. I would also use the hover cam and project it on the SmartBoard every once in a while. They LOVED it! I would occasionally walk over and point out a word that I noticed. I also would encourage them to be the first one to find the spelling words.