Each morning the students will start the day with our daily news routine.
1) Top of the Charts: Students will be brought to the carpet each morning with by a featured song. This song will be based on the concepts we will be learning about in social studies or science.
2) Breaking News: Students will read a message of a current event happening in the classroom. They will take the role of editor and use a list of Dolch sight words to correct the grammar and spelling in the news before it hits the press. Note: On Monday mornings, each student is given a Happy Monday Message at this time.
3) The Date: Students will record the date for our daily news in 2 ways. i.e. Monday, July 25th, 2018. 25/07/18
4) Lottery Numbers: Students will roll 2 class dice and add the total to our homemade thousands chart (i.e., if they roll 12 they will add 12 additional numbers). They will also record this number on our classroom place value chart and tally chart. They will be presented with 5 lottery numbers and asked to identify the pattern in the numbers (i.e., 22, 24, 26, 28, 30 =skip counting by 2s or 12, 24, 36, 48, 60=counting by 12).
5) Stock Report: Here, one student each day will be able to purchase stocks from our classroom general store. Students can earn money in the following ways:
Co-Teaching a Lesson: 25 cents Reading their Work to the Class: 10 cents Being Reader of the Day: 10 cents Performing a Book Talk 10 cents-Book from Class 15 cents-Book from Home 20 cents-Library Book 25 cents-Homemade Book
Being Nominated by a Peer as the Most Respectful Listener: 10 cents Completing a Bonus Math Book (All personalized by level and interest): $1.00 Completing a Reading Log Chart: $3.00
As a class we will subtract the amount of their purchase from the balance in their banks. i.e., $2.25-$1.20= $1.05.
6) Advice Column: Throughout the week, students will be able to write notes of problems they have faced in class and in the school yard with their peers. They will act out how to solve one problem of the day using our classroom scripts.
7) Time: Students will record the time we started reading our morning paper. This will be presented as a time on the hour i.e., 9:00am at first. The next step will be teaching the students how to count the minute hand by 5s i.e. 9:15am and finally how to add single minutes on top of this i.e., 9:17am.
8) Toronto’s Daily Forecast: Students will stick the corresponding weather icon onto a map of Toronto. They will also record the temperature on our classroom thermometer.
9) Hot off the Press: Students will take turns delivering a book review to the class. They will read the title of their book to the class and who it was written or published by. Other information they will share will depend on if the text is fictional or non-fiction.
1) Read the title 2) Read the author and illustrator’s names 3) Discuss the main problem of the story 4) Explain their favourite part of the story.
1) Read the title 2) Read the author and publisher’s names 3) Share 2 interesting facts they learned 4) Show their favourite picture in the book
Students will also graph the genre that the book belongs to i.e., Fiction, Non-Fiction, Fairytale, Fable, Poetry, Science-Fiction, Mystery, Play or other.
10) Radio Break: Here students will sing and dance to the daily math song to help solidify a concept we are learning in class. I.e. Counting by 2s or 3D shapes.