Thursday, April 18, 2013

Interventions - Fly on My Wall Linky

First off, I wanted to let you know that I just posted a new unit to TpT.  We have been learning about insects!  Click on a picture below to check it out.

 
Thanks so much to those that linked up for their entire day.  Feel free to keep linking up :)
 
This week, I decided to focus on my Intervention time.  This is from 8:30 - 9:05 every day.  Our entire school {except Kindergarten - they do it a little differently} has reading interventions from 8:30 - 9:05.  We use all of the teaching assistants, special education teachers, Reading Recovery and Title One teachers, Art, Music, and PE teachers, the Media Specialist, the Speech teacher, etc. during this time.  This allows for the intensive students to be in smaller groups. 
During the first few weeks of school, we DIBEL all of the students.  Thankfully, our Reading Recovery/Title One teachers take on the daunting task of grouping the students by their needs when the testing is finished.  We can adjust these groupings as needed, but it at least gives us a start.
In our 1st grade, we have 6 total groups.  We had a pretty large group of benchmark students this year, so we have 2 benchmark groups with about 18 kids each.  The other groups are strategic or intensive students and those groups are smaller.
I have a benchmark group of students.  We decided that it would be beneficial to them to work on science activities as well as nonfiction reading and writing. 
This was my week in Interventions!
On Monday, we read the nonfiction book "From Seed to Plant."  We talked about the text features of nonfiction books.  Next, we filled out this great sheet from Katie's April Busy Teacher.  The students also drew a picture of a flower in their notebooks and labeled the parts.
On Tuesday, we got out our Science books.  We looked for the Table of Contents, Glossary, Index, and Headings.  We read about plant needs and parts, then looked for other nonfiction text features. {captions, photographs, labels, and diagrams}
Next, we broke up into groups of three to work on rereading text and fluency.
On Wednesday, we used the leveled readers that came with our science series to read more about living things and plant and animal needs.  The students rotated through the different books while I went around and discussed vocabulary. 
On Thursday, we wrote about plants.  We used all of our knowledge from the week to fill out a graphic organizer about plants.  Then we used this organizer for our writing. (We will finish our writing tomorrow.)  This writing and organizer came from Katie's Busy Teacher again :)
Tomorrow, we will finish our writing.  Then we will take a look at the seeds we planted last week and fill out the "observations" and "conclusion" section of our Science Journals. 
 
If you have Intervention time at your school, I'd love for you to link up below.  If you don't have a blog and you want to tell me about your Intervention time, leave a comment.  I'd love to hear about it!
 


7 comments:

Tina Parker said...

Hi Jodi,

I am going to post and link up hopefully by tomorrow, but I am so excited to see other schools trying some of the same things as our district is implementing as well! I love our intervention/enrichment time block and have seen great results : )

Tina Parker
followingfirstgradeparker.blogspot.com

Sarah Paul said...

Hi Jodi,
I plan on linking up as soon as I get my act together! Time for bed tonight but I hope to link up tomorrow. I love this linky idea! Looks like you had a great week Jodi! Your insect unit look fabulous too!
Sarah
Sarah's First Grade Snippets

Jennifer White said...

I need to link up...gotta find some time!! Soon though!!
Jennifer
First Grade Blue SKies

TheElementary MathManiac said...

Thank you for the level of detail describing your intervention time! I am trying to get my school to move toward this type of model.

Tara
The Math Maniac

Natalie said...

Our intervention groups sound very similar to yours. We have them first thing in the morning from 8:05-8:35. Every adult in the building except for the principal/vice principal has an intervention group, with most groups being 5-8 students. I have the sight word/fluency group, so we use a lot of leveled readers and play TONS of sight word games.

Natalie
Teachery Tidbits

Michelle Griffo said...

Love your little bug unit! :)
Michelle
Apples and ABC's

Katie King said...

Just saw the shoutout! You are TOO sweet! Thank you!

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