Can I just say I have been incredibly busy this first quarter. Implementing a new curriculum takes a lot of time! I am also taking a course this quarter for Wonders. It is online, which makes it a bit easier and I have to implement the curriculum anyway. Might as well kill two birds with one stone.
The course is actually right on the Wonders website under Professional Development. It walks you through all parts of the series. I have to focus on one particular area for my class and show how I have implemented the series in my classroom through a portfolio of evidence. I will keep you posted on my progress.
In the meantime I have been creating some supplementary materials to use during my Daily 5 rotations.
I looked through all the grammar skills for Unit 2 and I created some simple activities that my students can do on their own during their word work time. I already had the collective noun activity from last year, so I just included it in there.
Unit 2 covers nouns, prefixes and suffixes. There are 7 different centers to go over each skill. I also included a black and white version to save on colored ink.
Even though I created them to go along with the Wonders series, you could use them even if you don't use Wonders. They are available in my TpT store.
This next week is the end of the quarter. We get a week off for Fall break and I am really excited about it. I am leaving a tiny bit early to head to the Bay Area!
I lived in San Francisco for 7 years and that is where I met my husband. His mother lives in San Jose. We are going to visit her and then head to the city for a few days. My girls are older now and I am really looking forward to traipsing through the city and showing them all of my old hangouts and some of my favorite places to eat.
So now I also have to prep a few days for the sub. The Wonders series can be so overwhelming so I made some worksheets to go along with some of the stories for Unit 2 week 1. If these would be helpful to you just click on any of the pictures to download them from Google Docs.
I have also included the spelling test that I give my students. I have been having them write sentences that include the words for the week and also the skills such as commas in a series, capital letters and periods.
I find it to be a much better assessment than just giving them the list of words.
Are you almost finished with your first quarter? Do you get a break or just push on through until Christmas? Either way I hope your year is flowing well!