Well needless to say I signed up for the writing workshop in Aug. It’s in the northern suburbs of Chicago (I’m from the southwest burbs), but I don’t care about the traffic. I can deal with the commute for one day. I’m sure I will be blogging about many of her ideas this school year.
For starters I love her yearlong bulletin board. In the past I have read the Sisters “Café” which is a good book, but I love how Kristina Smekens has her bulletin board by comprehension strategy. For me this makes so much sense. Here’s a picture of one that I found on the Smekens site. (Hmm I don't know why it went sideways on me.)
At the conference she showed us a picture of an umbrella which had each of the comprehension strategies on them. Under the umbrella were raindrops that had skills taught during a “mini-lesson” in kid friendly language.
That got me thinking about how I wanted to do my bulletin board. In the past I had a Hollywood theme, but I’m changing my boards and I don’t necessarily have to have a theme. However, our school theme is construction this year since our school is getting an addition of 2 more classes and some other updates to the outside.
A couple of years ago I bought this set from Toy R US . Sorry I couldn’t post the picture, but click here to see it. Click here.
I bought it and for a reading tool kit. Each tool being one of the comprehension strategies. That’s when I decided on the Hollywood theme and never used it. So my plan is now to use the toolkit but in a different way.
I’m thinking my bulletin board will have a toolkit for each of the comprehension strategies. The right below the toolkit can be the tools with kid friendly skills from our “mini-lessons”.
I want to do the same for writing but have a different theme. Kristina Smekens has more ideas just like that for the 6 Traits on her site as well.
I’m really excited about this idea and I still can incorporate the ideas from another book I like “Comprehension Connections”.Does anyone have any other great reading workshop ideas to share? Comment below if you do. We all love getting new ideas.
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