Monday, June 17, 2013

Schedule spotlight series linky: Calendar time

I'm joining the party over at Castles and Crayons again this week for her schedule spotlight series.

This week the focus is on calendar. I did a post 2 years ago about my calendar routine. I'll be honest. I'm revamping this post a bit. (I'm on vacation and I was told I couldn't do any blogging while I was gone.)

I use my promethean board for morning meeting/calendar time. I love love love my morning meeting and calendar time with the kids. I think I love it so much because I use a flipchart that I'm really proud of. It is a combination of different ideas and trail and error and searching promethean planet for things that work for my kids. I love it because I can adapt to fit whatever my kids need. All I have to do is add another page.
When I first started teaching kindergarten, I wrote my morning message on a small white board and did my calendar time on a bulletin board. I had a good routine with them. I keep my students for two years. I have them in kindergarten and then first grade and by half way through first grade I was tired of my morning message and my kids didn't seem to need it. But by using my board, I don't get bored or tired of it. I love it!
Here's my morning meeting routine:
When they first come in they see a chart that has their routine for the morning. I use pictures of what they are suppose to do and the words. I saw this idea on Mrs. Wills blog and just adapted it to fit my needs (At lease I think that's where I saw it. I can't find it now). The students can see what they need to do. As they are working on their morning work at their table, they answer a question on the board. I started this year with their favorite color. They moved their name underneath a square of their favorite color. I started these graphs to help them recognize their names. The next one they do is if they are boys or girls. This starts to get them used to the yes/no format we use the rest of the year and they can "read" it themselves. Then they have a yes/no question they answer everyday. I use their popcorn words and different themes and concepts we're working on. I also use a lot of graphing and math concepts with this chart.
When morning meeting starts, we start with a Dr. Jean song I've embedded in my chart. Then we go over our rules which I got from The Polka Dot Patch.
Here's a list of the next slides:
  • Morning message (I enjoy playing around with the backgrounds depending on the season and holdiays) I also try to include skills that we are working. We might brainstorm words that have our phonics rule, answer questions about science or social studies, or answer some math problems.
  • Calendar
  • Days of the week (Dr. Jean song embedded)
  • Days we've been in school hundreds chart
  • A tens and ones base 10 chart to show how many days we've been in school
  • Months of the year (Dr. Jean song embedded)
  • Weather (Dr. Jean song embedded)
  • Season
  • Temperature
  • Patterns with shapes
  • Number patterns
  • 10 frame activity. Students make a number using the 10 frame. We start small and eventually build up to multiple 10 frames.
  • In first grade, I add a page for a number of the day. They have to come up with an addition or subtraction problem that equals the number.
  • In first grade, I also include review questions from different test resources
 . If you download my chart, I put notes in each slide to let you know what I do there. I love doing my morning meeting this way because we practice so many skills in math and in reading and writing. I try to include questions in my morning message and my question of the day that review our science and social studies themes.
I don't have the activeinspire software on this computer so I can't share any pictures. You have to have the activeinspire software to use this chart, but check it out here.
Here's my flipchart for download in google docs.
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  1. Okay, I admit I am not tech savvy. Do I need to load and open this program at school where my Promethean board is available? I downloaded and it asked me what program I wanted to use to open it and I don't have a clue. I am so excited to have a ready-set morning activity to hit the new year running, but I don't have a clue how to see it at home. Thanks for making this available to us.

    1. Betsy, I think you have to have active inspire to look at it. I'm on vacation right now but I can try to export it as a PDF and send it to you when I get home. If you'll email me at kheinrich9@gmail so I can have your email address, I'll get it to you next week.

  2. Thank you for sharing! Love how you do your morning meeting. Betsy- if you wish you can download ActivInspire at home you do not need a code. (I like having it on my home computer too!)

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    1. How sweet of you to share your flipchart!! Can't wait to use it this year!

      Thank you so much for linking up, Kerri! :)

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