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Ten Steps to Success - A Pacing Strategy

ONE
SEPTEMBER
    • From DAY 1 - establish a routine of study
    • Obtain parental consent to video and photograph the children. Click HERE for the form.
    • Enroll the support of your colleagues
      • Administration
      • Art
      • Science
      • Parents
    • Post a few words from each vocabulary list on word wallFamiliarize yourself with possible resources
    • Read a book about honeybees to your children
    • Start pointing out elements of nonfiction every time you read one to your class.
    • Introduce MS Word as the notebook for writing.
      • Teach OPEN, SAVE and CLOSE.
      • Save the document using class number followed by first name: e.g. 1-213 Mariana

     

lesson

MY TIME
Direct Instruction 5 to 10 minutes
OUR TIME
Practicum 25 minutes
REVIEW
Review a few minutes
YOUR TIME
Earned Play 10 minutes
TWO
OCTOBER
  • Ask the 2nd grade teacher and the librarian to prepare baskets of books on honeybees and insects
  • Start slow: use only web sites you have chosen to teach basic navigation skills
  • Interrupt every practicum to praise and showcase examples of good work
Plan A
To complete the class book on honeybees cycle through Lessons I, II and III.
  • Divvy up the questions so that each child knows what to read for.The first lesson do straight guided practice on one question as a class. I like Cyberbee.
  • Keep the notes simple: 2 sentences max.
  • When a child is struggling:
    • Read the web page together with your finger pointing to the text
    • Ask the child to repeat the information back you
    • Record exactly what s/he said
    • read it back.
Plan B
The goal for this month is to complete the anatomy topic.
  • Google search an image of 'honeybee anatomy'. I like the image from Get Buzzing About Bees
  • Enlarge it on the screen, give out pencils and paper and let the children trace the outline.
  • Then they can write the labels.
  • Last add colors.
THREE
NOVEMBER
  • The big idea is to complete writing and illustrating one topic
Plan A
  • As sentences are completed, create the corresponding illustration
  • Find interesting images online or in books to copy
  • Scan and save images to a class folder
  • As sentences and illustrations are completed start adding them to the master copy
Plan B
  • Write the corresponding paragraph
  • Labeled diagrams make a impressive bulletin board
FOUR
DECEMBER
  • Write a letter home about the book that will be published and ask the parents to take the child to the library
  • Leave the last class before the break for a 'computer party'. My favorite game is FREE RICE.
Plan A
  • Add the nonfiction elements to the master draft
    • Table of Contents
    • Introduction with acknowledgments
    • Glossary
    • Bibliography
    • About the Authors
  • Bind the book. Make extra copies for the classroom and the library.
  • Celebrate with a book reading
Plan B
  • Have a meeting with the children to decide if they want to stay with honeybees or pick a different animal
    • if yes, review and assign questions to pairs of children
    • if no, conduct a class vote on ONE animal.
  • Recognize opportunities for differentiation
    • ELL
    • 2nd time around
    • Special education
    • Level 4 and beyond.
FIVE
JANUARY
  • Introduce a kid friendly search engine like KidRex or Safe Search, both powered by Google.
  • Teach the academic value of checking facts in at least 3 places to make sure they are correct.
Plan A
  • Have a class meeting and find out which animals interest the children most
  • Assign either individual, pairs or small groups
  • Start the research cycle all over again
  • Leave it up to the children to decide who is going to answer what question

Plan B
  • First writing assignment is a list of What I already Know about
  • Assign either individual, pairs or small groups
  • Start the research cycle all over again
  • Leave it up to the children to decide who is going to answer what question
SIX
FEBRUARY
  • Try this: assign one reader and one writer to work together on the same question. That way the writing is on only one computer AND give them the liberty to switch roles.
  • Just before the winter break give out the home work sheet along with a note home asking for a trip to the library and to expect an invitation to a book reading in June.
Plan A
  • Give the children the template.
  • Assign either individual, pairs or small groups
  • Start the research cycle all over again
  • Leave it to the children to decide who is going to answer which question

Plan B
  • Start the research cycle all over again
  • Leave it to the children to decide who is going to answer which question
  • As the children read they take notes in MS word.
  • When children chose a web page that is difficult to read, read it together and ask them to repeat back to you what the author said. Then take notes on what they understood.

 

SEVEN
MARCH
Children complete writing their paragraph.
EIGHT
APRIL
Children complete their illustration.
NINE
MAY
  • Choose the title for the book(s)
  • Define the glossary words
  • Complete the bibliography
  • Add a Fun Facts page. Try this:
    • Place a paper and pencil oat the front of the table. As children find interesting facts that do not pertsin to their chapter give them permission to get out of their seat to write it down on the paper.
    • RULES: (1) only one pair of children at a time and (2) they have to read what has already been written so as not to duplicate.
  • Compose the 'About the Author' paragraph
    • Decide whether to use an illustration or an actual photograph of the author(s)
  • As the children read they take notes in MS word.
TEN
JUNE
  • Publish the boook. Get some volunteers together and form an assembly line:
    • Print
    • Collate
    • Stapled
    • Bind the books.
  • Host a publication party
    • the library
    • the classsroom
    • the auditorium
      • As the children read their page to their parents, project it on a screen

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