Ten Minute Warm Ups to End the School Year: Academic Language, Fluency, Spelling, Following Directions, and Book Reviews
Monday: Academic Language Focus Warm Up
Our goal by the end of the year is to have everyone using academic language...practice is still beneficial to many.
Supplies: Jolly Ranchers and Display Questions
Display the following:
1. Red candy-
A. The toiletries I need to have everyday are ___________ because...
B. My best quality is ___________ because...
2. Green candy-
A. My dream career would be _____________ because...
B. The ultimate sport to watch is __________ because...
3. Orange candy-
A. My favorite music/musician to listen to is ___________ because...
B. All teachers should be ____________ because...
4. Blue candy-
A. If I could have season tickets/pass to __________ I would be thrilled because...
B. _____________ is my favorite day of the week because...
Have students choose a candy from the Jolly Rancher bag. (Jolly Ranchers were on sale this week) Once a candy is picked, the students answer A and B in their journal.
Step Three: Students read over their responses. Students can whisper read their sentences to themselves to work on fluency.
Next, students find three different students to share their responses with in the classroom. The sentence stems can be displayed on the Promethean Board for students to refer to while they walk around and share.
Have students eat the candy, if they haven't done so already, save it for later, or turn it in to me for a non stickycandy, especially if students have braces.
Tuesday: Fluency Focus Warm Up
Supplies: Poems that have been discussed in class and poems in the rBook.
Have students choose a slip with one stanza from a poem as you greet them at the door as they enter the classroom.
Students will whisper read their stanza three times while you take role.
Students will turn to their neighbor and read the stanza.
Students will stand up and read their stanza with two more students.
Put the full poem on the display board, and have students group themselves in the sequential order of the poem.
Have students in their groups read the full poem aloud.
Wednesday: Target Words Spelling Bee Warm Up
While you are taking role, have students review the Target words in the rBook workshops you have covered.
Have students line up in single file.
Start with the Target Words in Workshop One. Have the students spell the words as you call them out. When a student misspells a word, they sit down in their seat.
Once the Target Words are spelled, the Spelling Bee is over. Hopefully, all students are still standing!
Thursday: Following Directions Focus Warm Up
Have the following writing assignment displayed on the board as students walk into the classroom.
Read the following directions and steps before beginning or completing any of the assignments.
Step 1: Open up your rBook to page 22.
Step 2: Read the title and the directions.
Step 3: Next, read the Student Model to yourself.
Step 4: Turn to your neighbor and read one of the paragraphs aloud.
Step 5: Underline the Topic Sentence and Box the Controlling Idea.
Step 6: Thank you for reading the directions first. Now sit quietly and wait for your next instruction.
Tell the students to keep the warm-up a secret, so your other students have a chance to try it out.
Friday: Book Reviews
Hand each student an index card as they walk into the classroom. Display a start up card on the Promethean Board with the following information:
Title: Summer Reading List, student name, book title, author, and rating.
Students need to refer to their Quick Writes, Book Logs, and the READ 180 library books to choose two favorite books to share with their classmates.
Have students share their favorite books with each other. If a student hears a favorite book or author that interests them, they will add it to their index card.
Students should have an index card full of exciting recommendations: books, authors, titles, and ratings. This list will be a perfect addition to their summer reading list.
Happy end of the year teaching!
Philosophy of Teaching
All of my life, I have enjoyed working with children and have always desired to teach. It is my belief that no matter what socio-economic background, everyone deserves to achieve his/her educational goals. It is my ambition to facilitate this process.
Growing up in the Houston area, I have always been aware of the Cypress-Fairbanks School District. The district's reputation of excellence is well known, not only in the Houston metroplex, but throughout the state of Texas. As a professional educator, it is important to be associated with a school district whose goals for its students are aligned with my philosophy of teaching.