Before I share my "wall dilemma", I wanted to share a quick thank you. As many of you know, I live in Colorado and the past week of unprecedented flooding has completely shaken our beautiful town of Boulder and the amazing areas surrounding us. We have been out of school for a full week and yesterday was our first day back. I will tell you, it felt *wonderful* to be getting back to "normal" and to have the heavy rains behind us, even if only by a few days. Being with the kids today was the bestest and I am so excited to be getting back to teaching, blogging, and sharing. *THANK YOU* for all of your kind messages, notes, and emails during this time! I cannot tell you how much I appreciate you all!!
And now, on to my big project the first day back, since I had way too much teacher-energy stored up from being inside for six days straight (with a toddler, no less!) ;)
Here was my problem: I have limited wall space (who doesn't?!) and way too many Anchor Charts that I want to hang up throughout the year. After less than a month in, my prime real estate was taken up by only my Daily 5 charts.... hmmmm....
This year, I am doing a few things different. First off, I am not calling Daily 5 by its name. I am instead calling it Reader's Workshop. Not a huge change, and I am still running it like Daily 5, but since we never did it exactly like the book and never had five choices anyway, I just went back to the original when it came to the name. It helps, especially in conversations with parents (who I am not sure ever understood the Daily 5 name).
Also, I am doing small groups in just about every.single.subject (including Writing! More on that soon...), so covering my best Anchor Chart space with only Reader's Workshop expectations was a bit much.
You can see I did my charts a bit different this year from last year and the year before. I wanted to tap into the senses a bit to help with the "looks/feels/sounds like" sections. If you are interested in my charts from last year, click HERE and from the year before, click HERE. Hopefully these three versions can help.
I loved how my Math Rotations Anchor Chart from last year captured all of the sections in one spot, so I decided to recreate it in a Reader's Workshop format:
|For more info on what you see, be sure to read my Daily 5 posts HERE.|
Plus, you know me, I made this year's bookmarks a bit different by just printing them on cardstock and laminating them. I put the kids' names with Vis-a-Vis on the back so they can keep track of them, especially since we have them now for reading, writing and math.... whew!
For information on how to make these bookmarks, click HERE. (It's super easy!)
I love how this chart now takes up a quarter of the room but encapsulates the essence of each Daily 5 choice. I am *very* glad I started out with the individual charts when we were launching each of the choices, but now that they have a month under their belt, this will be a perfect little reminder of the basics for when they forget or get stuck :)
Thank you all and have a wonderful end to your week!