Thursday, September 13, 2012

Daily Message, Anchor Charts and more...

 Hi friends!! Yipee! I survived another week of school and it just keeps getting better and better now that the kiddos are learning the rules and routines. Now I can start talking about things we actually do in the the Daily Message. I absolutely Love the Daily Message and believe kiddos learn so much in a short 10-15 minute message. It's a great way to teach (and review) phonics and reading skills in a meaningful way. Here are a few examples from my classroom and Cindy's

After the morning announcements and the pledge we start our Daily Message. It always starts with a greeting and we write the date. At the beginning of the year I write all of the message but in a few weeks the students will start sharing the pen and completing the sentences. After the date I will either tell them what we will be learning that day or review something we've learned. Then I select a student to share some NEWS and they will share something with the class that we will write on the chart. We count the words in the sentence, make the "magic lines" and sound out the words to write the sentence. And finally we end the Daily Message with a question and the kiddos get 2 minutes to turn and talk to a buddy before answering.  We do the daily message in the language of the day, so on Monday, Wednesday & Friday it's in Spanish and usually has a language arts question. On Tuesday and Thursday it's in English and has a math question. Here are a few more examples from my great friends Mrs. Abilez and Ms. Salinas.

 At the beginning of the year anchor charts are so important, especially for rules and procedures. We create them for to sit on the carpet, restroom rules, writing procedures, etc... Here are some that we have made at our school.  I went all over the school taking pictures. Thank you friends for sharing your charts...Love you guys!!!
Restroom Rules

  Carpet Rules (found on Pinterest)

Writing Procedures

Random charts

Here are a few Thinking Maps

Tomorrow we are at teacher workshop and then it's the weekend! Ya-hoo!!! Have a great weekend friends!

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