What worked: Working with helpful, supportive groups of people who liked each other. Helping teammates who missed things when they were absent. We (mostly) got stuff done. Everybody taking responsibility. We (kind of) used our time wisely. Connecting to new people. What did you learn? Taking responsibility. You might get into arguments, but you can solve them. (Don't fight!) How well did you understand the story? Good. Not really. It was kind of weird. Boring. It's understandable. What could we do differently to understand the next story better? Pay attention. Choose a better story. Do something more fun- create a game to go with it, create a rap, create a poem, other fun presentation ideas. Practice reading in front of the class and give positive feedback. Reread. Use stories that are somewhat familiar to the other groups. Take turns reading to the whole class in your small groups. Stop all the talking and separate all the people talking. Have other options for jobs or activities to do while reading. What should we NOT do next time? Not talk as much. Not talk and be distracted. Not get in groups with your friends (OR people you hate!!) Be annoying. Cuss each other out. Do not talk about off-topic things. Don't sing (unless it's about the story). No side conversations. No walking around the class. Keep your hands, feet, and mean comments to yourself. Don't yell. Don't tell someone to shut up. DON'T GET ON THE TEACHER'S NERVES. Be on time. And................ don't fart in class.
What worked: Taking turns reading. Reading it silently alone or hearing someone else read it. Answering questions together; finding the information and putting it down together. Working as a team on all the different lit circle roles. Keeping each other updated; helping each other out with the different jobs. Having a team to work with instead of working alone. Having discussions in the group and sharing ideas. What did you learn? How to cooperate in a group.
How well did you understand the story? Okay. Very well. In the middle. What could we do differently to understand the next story better? Pay attention more. Read more. Add the artist role. Describe and label the artwork to add meaning. We need to visualize things better. Add more flexibility- have a discussion leader and then choose from the other jobs instead of going in order. Everybody read a section. Mrs. Chapulis create a better planning sheet to keep us focused on daily jobs. Present to the class at the end of the story- discuss the details of this further before we start the next story. What should we NOT do next time? Not having side conversations. Having a sub- do alternate plans on sub days and resume lit circles when Mrs. C. is here.
New vowel combinations in this lesson: a-e(make) o-e(hope) i-e(side) e-e (Pete) u-e (use)
Can you read these words with those vowel combinations? frustrate sunstroke turnstile obsolete costume
New prefixes in this lesson: be (belong) pre (prevent) de (depart) re (return) pro (protect) con (continue) Can you read these words with those prefixes? beside prescribe defraud reconsider promote conclude
Continuing on the topic of
friendship: What do friends do? What do friends NOT do? How do friendships
start? Why do friendships last? What are the best things about friendship? What
do you look for in a friend?