Small group instruction/Independent Activities

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  1. kbunch24

    kbunch24 Rookie

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    I need some help coming up with some independent activities for my 1st graders to work on while I am pulling small groups. Does anyone have some activities that there students enjoy doing?
     
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    mopar Multitudinous

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    Have you looked at the Daily5 yet?
     
  4. TamiJ

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    I use the Daily 5 also (or a modified version), and it's great in allowing you to do small group work, while the others are working on reading or writing, or other Daily 5 activities.
     
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    One of my carpool buddies is a first grade teacher. She has the students spell sight words with play dough, write sight words on "fancy" scratch paper (bits and pieces of construction paper or colored copy paper), and write a sentence about something. I know she has done other things, but I'm unsure of those. I would also recommend looking into the Daily5 as well.
     
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    What I like about the Daily 5 is you don't have to put anything together for centers. Once the kids get the hang of the different D5 activities, they know exactly what to do and how to do it, so there's no prep work for the teacher.
     
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    I also use a modified version of the Daily 5. First, I would purchase Debbie Diller's books:
    http://www.amazon.com/Literacy-Work-Stations-Making-Centers/dp/1571103538/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1310573237&sr=8-3
    and
    ie=UTF8&qid=1310573237&sr=8-4"]http://www.amazon.com/Making-Most-Small-Groups-Differentiation/dp/1571104313/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1310573237&sr=8-4

    Her books are godsends! Then, train your kids.... one center at a time, over the first 4 weeks or so. Do you have a computer station? If so, make that one of your workstations - they can go to Starfall, Spelling City, or any number of other sites that have great help for young readers!

    I hope this helps...
     
  8. kbunch24

    kbunch24 Rookie

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    Thank you for all the help. I will check out the daily 5 for sure.
     
  9. trayums

    trayums Enthusiast

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    Ditto on the Daily 5!
     
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    Yep Daily 5.
     

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