Sunday, September 8, 2013

New Job...New Blog!

There have been some huge changes around here! First, you may have noticed that I got a new look! 

AnD I CouLdn't be MorE in LOVE!

Megan from A Bird in Hand Designs seriously went above and beyond what I asked, to create more than I even knew I was looking for! I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a brand new or blog redesign such as mine!

You may have also noticed that we tweaked my title a bit and added the whole "...beyond" component as well! As those following lil ole' me know, I am no longer in the classroom with my sweet second graders, but rather, this year, I am working as the Dual Language/ELL coach for our building and have the opportunity to thus work with all grade levels and the teachers on a day to day basis :)! 

I am so excited to unveil this new blog design to go along with my first official post sharing some of the things I have been doing with the kiddos in my new position!

This past week, I set up with each of the dual language staff members an hour long classroom visit in which I did a read aloud/lesson with the students and then stuck around to see how they interact and work with their teachers as well! I had so much fun getting to know all of the classes and wanted to share some of those lessons I did with you all!

In the primary grades (K-2) I read the story "El Libro Fant√°stico" by Leonid Gore.


This is a story about a group of animals that find a book and use it in a variety of silly ways (hat, table, house, etc.) as they are not sure what its purpose is. Then a little boy comes along and shows them that books are for "reading" and sits and reads the story to them. This is a great story to use as a review of book purpose at the beginning of the year with the little ones!

Before reading, I thought I would do a little sort with the classes to activate their background knowledge. I had a blast recruiting one of our staff members to help me in taking a variety of silly photos enacting the different animal scenarios in the text.


These photos were then used in the sort before reading our story! Here is what one of the finished sorts looked like:


After doing our sort we of course read the story reflecting back on our sort as a reminder throughout of what the purpose of a book is!

In our intermediate (grades 3-5) classrooms, I did a different activity/lesson that I thought was a little more grade appropriate :)!

I selected one of my favorite poems entitled "Me x 2" written by Jane Medina. This poem is one compiled in a collection of poems from the text "Amazing Faces". Take a moment to read it...I think you will see immediately why I love it so much.



Isn't it beautifully written...and I may add so incredibly fitting for all of the students and staff that I work with? After reading the poem, we had a discussion in each of the classrooms about the "Author's Message". Students worked to think-pair-share their ideas using the key phrase "The author wants me to understand that...". After sharing out as a class we then brainstormed ways in which being bilingual truly is a gift and a "blast" and created this chart together! (I apologize you can see a bit of my other chart behind!...that's what happens when you travel from room to room ;)!)


I told the teachers they were welcome to hang these posters in their rooms and as the students thought of more reasons throughout the year as to "Why being bilingual is a blast..." they could add them to them! Hoping it is a good refresher/reminder of why they are taking part in the dual language program!

Looking forward to sharing more with you all as the year progresses! Every week truly is a new adventure :)!


18 comments:

  1. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your new blog design! Great post too! I had to go back and read why there was a woman on the floor laying underneath a book! Congrats on the new job! :)

    Casey
    Second Grade Math Maniac

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    1. Haha! That woman would be me ;)! I had a lot of fun with it! Thanks for the love! It's always fun to get a new look!

      -Krista

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    1. Thanks Amy! I am adoring it right now as well!

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  3. Your blog looks awesome. I love your anchor chart you drew!! Thanks for sharing.

    Jamie
    teachingtidbit.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Jamie! And I am glad the lesson what useful for you as well! I had a lot of fun with both lessons in the classrooms throughout the week!

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  4. I have that book (El libro fantastico) and after seeing this post, I am going to incorporate that into my lessons this week!! Awesome!!!! Thanks for sharing!! Love the new blog layout!!!! =)

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    1. It's a great one for the beginning of the year for primary for sure! Thanks for the love!

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  5. I want that book and I LOVE that poem. Sending it (and your blog) to all our DL teachers at my school.

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    1. Aww thanks Beth! You are too sweet! I am glad you found the ideas useful! Both books are really good ones I use every year!

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  6. I LOVE the lessons you did with the kids to start out. Great ideas!

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    1. Thanks Kimberly! We had a lot of fun with them!

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  7. Krista as always in love with your ideas.

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    1. Thank you Tita! So glad they are useful for you!

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  8. Krista as always in love with your ideas.

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  9. Love everything! I am finishing my teaching degree this year and hope to be teaching in a dual language classroom next year. You are an inspiration and I hope to incorporate lots of your ideas in my own classroom someday! Thank you for all you do!

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    1. Karina you are too sweet! Please let me know if you ever have any questions as I would be happy to help! Embarking on your teaching journey is always a fun adventure!

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  10. I love these lessons. I have Parent Night next week and I'll be talking to the parents about the program their kids are in (One-Way DL) and the Bilingual Class Book will be a fun thing for the kids to prepare and share with their parents on that night!
    You are so creative! Thanks for your passion in helping create strong bilingual teachers and learners!

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