Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Predictable Charts: Day 1

When I first started teaching kindergarten, last year ;), I had to google predictable charts. There definitely wasn't much use for them in third grade :D! Honestly though, there wasn't a whole lot of information out there. You either found one of two things:

1) a definition
2) an example of a great sentence.

Not a lot if help for a newbie! So, for all the other newbies out there, I thought that you might be interested in seeing how I do predictable charts ( broken down day by day).

I am not saying that this is the only way (it's not) or that its the best (definitely probably not true!). But it works for me :)

Day 1: create the sentences. This part, believe it or not, was one of the most confusing to me!

How do I write all the sentences? Do the kids write them? Do I write them? Which part do they spell? Phonetic or correct spelling?

After some trial and error, this is what I have learned:
1) Break up the writing, do about 5-8 kids in one sitting and do a little through out the day. The goal is to have a sentence for each child but you want them all to be paying attention. If you lose their attention, stop.

2) Write the predictable part first. Some other teachers may have the students spell it each time. I would suggest feeling out your students about this. I spell aloud and many join in with me without being told.

3) Help them revise. Some of my students want to give me loooooong and deeeeetailed sentences. I ask them how we could say the same thing but maybe shorten it. Kinders tend to give run on sentences sometimes anyways :)

4) Differentiate. Make use of your "knowledgeable" students to help out your strugglers.

These are just a few things that have worked for me the past year or so. How do you make it work for you?

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