I have been thinking a lot about the word “interactive” lately. It! Is! Everywhere!
I began to think about our poetry notebooks and wondering if there was a way to make them interactive. Just a few tweaks (and nothing extra to prepare or purchase) and I think we got it!
Whether you use my poems or your own poems, we know we want them to practice them for fluency. However, we also want them to notice concepts of print, high frequency words, vocabulary, rhyming words… the list can be vast.
In the past: We did this as a whole group, then students marked them in their notebooks. Some accomplished this better than others. Then the students would put the poem in their notebook and illustrate it. Done! I hurt my arm patting myself on the back… ATTA girl!
This week: I called on students to highlight our focus skill on my pocket chart… wait for it… and the students marked in their notebook. At! The! Same! Time! Everyone had something to do. My wiggle worms were busy working in their notebook. Everyone was active… or were they interactive? [Honestly… I have no idea!]
I realize that I did not just split the atom, but this was HUGE for me!
We underlined the capital letters and we circled our word wall words. We also brainstormed words that rhymed with rake. Then we wrote and illustrated the words. [Felt sort of interactive to me.]
Holy cow! My mind is just zooming… instead of talking about the meaning of swift and scatter… we are going to illustrate it tomorrow! Shut the front door! [Is that still an expression?]
In my poetry units, there are a ton of emergent readers to go with the poems. At this point of the year, their little book bags look like they belong to the United States Postal Service, so it is time to make our book treasure boxes. One came in today and I fell IN LOVE!
Students are creating their treasure boxes as a family project. I did not expect the box today, but I got so excited that I wanted to share it with you. I made the key and label tonight to share as well. [I plan on using a red satin ribbon, but I didn’t have any at home tonight… use your imagination or squint.]
The students will transfer the paper emergent readers to their treasure box and they will remain at home for future reading practice.
You can download my Reading Treasure Box Freebie at my Facebook Fan Freebie File. NOTE: You will not be able to see the file on your tablet.
Sometimes it is the little tweaks that make all the difference!