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Peek at my Week {a look at my day}


My sweet friend, Deedee Wills has been doing her Peek at my Week for three years and asking others to link up as well. I love how helpful this is for teachers.  It gives us the ability to peer inside each other's classrooms and borrow little nuggets of inspiration here or there to help make our classroom instruction the best that it can be.  I've made it a goal this year to link up every Sunday and share as well.
Before I start sharing my weekly plans I wanted to first start with my daily schedule and break it down for you so that you would have a better understanding of how my day is structured.  Make sure you check out Deedee's post this week because she also broke her schedule down for parents and is sending a cheat sheet home with her students so that parents will know exactly what type of instruction is taking place during each part of the day.  She is a genius and I'm totally stealing borrowing her idea.
So, here's what we do during each part of our day.





We are not required to use a basal series {PTL!} so I'm able to use a variety of high quality children's literature during this time.






 You will notice that there is not a specified time for Social Studies and Science.  I integrate Science and Social Studies standards into my Language Arts block and teach them during my Chit Chat and Shared Reading time.
Next week I will start with Lesson plans for week 1.
Have a great week, friends!


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26 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great peek at your day, Deanna! :)

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  2. I love your chit chats! I've been doing chit chats for years (although I didn't start calling them that until I was inspired by you!), and it is one of my favorite parts of the day. And lucky you... NO BASAL?!?! I am going to just pretend it's not there this year. :)

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    1. Yes! Pretend it isn't there and you will love teaching SO much more! :)

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  4. I love your chit chat activity - it's really cute! Over in the UK we have Phonics, English and Math first thing in the morning because the government reckon that's when kids are the most alert and take the most in, so our afternoons are then full of 'Foundation' lessons such as history, art, geography etc - so it was a surprise to see you do Math in the afternoon!

    Dani
    http://misslynchslearners.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Math in the afternoon has always worked for me! We make it interactive and engaging!!

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  5. It's always great seeing other teacher's plans. I understand you have taught kindergarten and first grade. Are the plans you are sharing for kindergarten or first grade?

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing your schedule and plans!! It is so helpful when tweeking my own :-). Are you back in the classroom this year?

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  7. When you say the "workshop model", do you mean the Daily 5? Do you have a calendar time?

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    1. No. This has nothing to do with Daily 5. It is the way that I structure the block. It always starts with a mini lesson followed by a chance for the kids to give it a try as we work together, Independent practice, Share time (math discussion) followed by Math work stations.

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  8. Thank you so very much...been waiting for a peek at your lesson plans! I have learned so much for you, Kim Adist, and DeeDee Wills! Thanks again!

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  9. Loved peeking into your classroom! The Chit-Chat sounds very interesting! Is this something you created yourself?
    Thanks again!

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    1. HI Jennifer, Yes! You can view them here http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Chit-Chat-Morning-Messages-BUNDLE-aligned-with-Common-Core-1061893
      and here http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Insects-Nonfiction-Chit-Chat-Messages-Close-Reading-Passages-More-1217090

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  10. Thanks so much for sharing! I'm wondering where you fit movement and/or brain breaks into your days and how often? As a physical therapist in the schools I often work with teachers to try to fit this into their days! I'm wondering what works for you?

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    1. We do brain breaks every 20-25 minutes because that's what kindergarten sweeties need. I don't schedule them in because I base it on the student's needs. When we need one we do one. (which is about every 20-25 min)

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    2. That's music to my ears! I love to hear that you incorporate it so often and not scheduled. I recently a blog post on the importance of it! http://www.pinkoatmeal.com/2014/08/importance-movement-for-kids.html

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  11. Woo hoo! Beg, borrow, steal away my sweet friend!!!

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  12. Deanna and Deedee Thank you so much for this peek. As a new teacher, this kind of help is exactly what so many of us need. I often find my self staring at a dozen open tabs a day a stack of resources wondering how to make it all work. You make it look manageable and effective. Thanks a million!

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  13. Wow, what a great schedule! Thanks for sharing. You totally rock Deanna!

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  14. Hi! Where did you get the adorable clip art and what kind of morning work do you assign in the beginning of the year? Thanks so much. I love all that you do!!!!!

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  15. Thanks for sharing, it's so helpful seeing how everyone structures their day. Do you read the same book all week for shared reading? Can you fit activities related to the book in that time slot? Or is your shared reading time just for whole class discussion?

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  16. Thanks for sharing! What type of paper do you use for writing? Does it have lines on it?

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  17. I'm really intrigued by how you fully integrate all science/SS standards into language arts. Do you reserve time for hands-on science experiments, if so when do you do this? I'm guessing you use a lot of nonfiction literature to teach the skills--where you do find these resources? I'm a first grade teacher and we currently have a block of time set aside for science/SS but we would love to be able to fully incorporate these standards elsewhere throughout our day so we can free up that block of time for more writing instruction. Would you be willing to do a blog post about how you are able to fully implement your science/SS standards without having to save a block of time for hands-on experiments and investigations?

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  18. Hi Deanna! I LOVE your resources and own many of your TPT products. I really want to revamp my schedule for next year so I've been doing some research. I really like your format, but what would you do for a school day that is only from 9:25-3:40? It looks like you have 90 minutes more a day with your students than I do! Thanks in advance!

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