By the way, I was going to update my blog one night a couple weeks ago, but right as I sat down to start (literally...not joking...) my dog bit me!!!! She's a chiweenie and the sweetest thing ever. I think between my 15-month-old, moving into a new home, and me going back to work, the poor thing was depressed and lashed out. It was my fault because she guarding a toy and I went in behind her (big no-no) and tried to grab it. She bit my forearm. It bruised immediately and she gave me a nice little puncture wound that bled for 4 hours. The next day I made a trip to Urgent Care to get a tetanus shot and get it cleaned up. Fun stuff. The health department came to our home last week to check on her and she's in the clear! :) Soooo....there's been my last 2 weeks....on top of starting school! :P
I wanted to share a couple pictures of my focus wall this year. This is the first year I've done one. I put up our spelling words, vocabulary words, high-frequency words (in addition to on our word wall), amazing words, reading comprehension skill, and reading strategy skill. It's SO helpful to have those things in plain view for the students to reference. I purposely do NOT have the actual comprehension skill answered on my posters because I like the students to come to those conclusions on their own or through discussion, instead of seeing it on a poster already given to them. For example, for 3rd grade, the main idea of "Penguin Chick" is that penguins do a lot to take care of their young. I won't put that on my "Main Idea" poster. Instead, I'll give another example that's completely clear of the story. Then they can see an example and apply it to what their reading. I hope that makes sense. So if you're one who uses my Reading Street packets and ever wondered why I do that, there's your answer. :)
Ok, here are some pics. I honestly don't have a lot of bulletin boards, so I have to squeeze stuff in all over the place. :P This is actually a blackboard/marker board that I covered with material. My pocket chart and Job Jar have large magnets on the back, so they just stick right up there. I hot-glued vinyl sleeve pockets for my Focus Wall posters. Each week I can just slide the new papers in and out! It's so much better than using sticky-tack every week. So much quicker!
Here's a close-up of my posters.
This is a great pocket chart I got from Really Good Stuff. It's magnetic and the perfect size!
Last, but not least, I created a little freebie for you! I made these to include in one of my 3rd grade Reading Street packets and thought I'd share them. :) They're Character Profiles. I made a boy and girl one, so enjoy! :) Just click on them to download and print.
Have a GREAT week! :) :) :)