Guided reading is definitely not my strong suit. Coming from a primary background, kids usually came to me knowing how to read, with plenty of strategies. Then I was put down to Year 2. Lots of these kids could read up to a certain level but some couldn't! Panic came creeping in. I developed something that worked for me, with those kids, at that time. Panic subsided.
Know I need to know how to give them the strategies they need to read, to listen, to speak, to write.... you know where I am going.
Enter Debbie Diller.
I read something in a blog post while cruising Pinterest about a book of hers called Literacy Work Stations. I thought I should give it a shot, bought it on Book Depository and it arrived yesterday.
I am only up to chapter 4 but my head is so full of ideas of how to manage groups while the kids are involved in meaningful learning. One of these ideas leads me to....
One of my recent TPT purchase was a fabulous set from Keeping Life Creative. It is a felt story set of the Hungry Caterpillar. Click HERE to go and see it on TPT.
At the time, I only bought it because of its uniqueness, but after reading some of my new book, my ideas got going!
I was going to use the pieces to create a drama/puppet set and get the students to retell the story!!!
Firstly I cut out each piece, then laminated and cut again. I usually hate that extra step but thought it would be worth it in this case :) How cute are these pieces!!
Then I sticky taped a long thin paddle pop stick on the back.
How cute is this guy?? Taadaa....puppets!
He was still hungry so he ate through a piece of chocolate cake......
If you love these felt creations, she has other story sets available too! Go and visit her blog/website too http://keepinglifecreative.com/
I see this workstation being a favourite as I develop other sets of characters from well known stories. I hope this is something you might use in your room too :)