In order to get more of the class up to grade level, I've revamped my Workshop time. Now I have all the children split up into four ability groups. The high kids (the ones who are already past where they need to be by the end of first grade) are doing independent work, while the rest of the class rotates around three stations. Each station is run by a teacher or a parent helper. Every station is doing some sort of reading activity/game. I really like this change, because it is helping boost the lower children up to where they need to be. I have a ton of activities for the rotating groups, but struggled finding things for the higher kids. They can only do so much reading/taking AR tests. That being said, I was thrilled to find Mrs. Bates' idea for book club packets. I decided these would be fun for the high kids to do together. Our school didn't have any of the books she posted, so I made a packet for a Junie B. Jones book. Our library has a class set of these, so each child will be able to have their own copy to use. And of course, they all LOVE Junie B. Jones books! I can't wait to introduce it to them. Thanks for the great idea, Mrs. Bates!
Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook