Next school year, I would like to format my class schedule a little bit differently. My school adopted a new reading curriculum and I feel as if I should administer it with integrity for the first year to see what works and what does not. The curriculum features guided reading centers, all of which are already prepared. This is both a positive (low prep time) and a negative (little variety and creativity). When I created my own centers in the past, I had various writing activities the students would take part in every week.
So this is what I’m thinking of doing. For the first 30 minutes of the day, I would like to spend it on warm-up activities. I would take attendance, the students would unpack, and we would get started. I would like to try to incorporate math, language arts, and writing into this time, if possible. This way, I can focus the rest of my morning onto the new reading curriculum. I haven’t thought much of what type of language arts and math warm ups I’d do yet…any suggestions? I feel like a “D.O.L” or “D.O.M” activity may be a little boring for the students.
I included two different versions in this unit. One contains each prompt on a lined paper. I actually had these printed and bound at our district office so that the students had it in journal form and all ready to go each morning. For those who don’t have this service available, I included each month’s prompts on a page for the teacher to display on the board. The students can then respond in their own notebook.
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