Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Day 3: Read My Shirt and Reading Help

The Girls
Read Across America Day 3:  Read My Shirt Day.  25 of 27 students were able to find a clever shirt to wear...and no inappropriate ones to cover up! 

The Boys

 Here is yesterday's strange conversation about getting ready for Read My Shirt Day:
Student 1:  "Do you have a shirt with words?"
Stuentt 2:  "No, I am going to Wal-Mart tonight."
Student 1: "I like to go to Wal-Mart on Thursday nights"

Stumped me!  Any thoughts on special events at Wal-Mart, on Thursdays?

Can You Help?  I need some ideas from my blogging family.  During Reading Round-Up, my group of readers is reading Charlotte's Web.  There are about 30 readers, all fluent and good readers.  There still is quite a bit of variety in the speed with which the read.  We meet for 30 minutes, four days a week and I assign a set amount of pages for them to read.  What do I do with the kids who get there first.  Right now I have them reread, so the text stays with them.  Thoughts, ideas, suggestions...what do you all do?

We read Oh the Thinks You Can Think, another of my favorite Dr. Seuss books and Abby @ The Inspired Apple has the cutest little unit using the books.  So we made our own "Thinks" and had some clever things to think.
Think of going down a slide into a T-Rex
Each student traced and cut out the pieces for their think.  They wrote their think on paper, with Sharpie, and then drew their mental image for what they think.
They turned out pretty cute.  Thanks Abby for the fun idea.

Happy Wednesday!
PS  Some of our Potato Characters are making it to class and I just can't wait to show you what some kiddos have come up with:

Fancy Nancy

Fly Guy

Splat the Cat


  1. Read My Shirt Day - how cute! I can totally see that turning into a class book.

    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. Im loving those potatoes!!!!! Too cute!!!!!

    Ms. Rachel’s Room

  3. Love "Read my shirt day"

    And no, I don't know what happens at Wal-mart on Thursdays lol.

    Maybe the ones that finish early could do some sort of extended activity?

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  4. Thanks for following my blog. I am now your newest follower. I love Read My Shirt Day, such a cute idea! Those potaoes are hilarious.


    Tickled to Teach

  5. I think re-read would end up being too much like a punishment. At least I know my kiddos would think so. What about a fun activity or craft that can extend their learning?

    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  6. CRAZY potatoes - great idea!

    For your early finishers: Have them keep a composition book to record responses to their reading, like one day "Wonderful and Interesting Words from My Reading Today", another day "Questions from My Reading", or make a character web, etc. Doesn't have to be a real big deal, just something to keep them focused on the text until the others get a chance to finish reading. You could even use some of their questions to start the post-reading discussion.


  7. Great ideas!! Love the read my shirt and decorating the potatoes!
    Conversations in Literacy

  8. Love READ MY SHIRT day! What a great idea. Pinning it!
    Dragonflies in First

  9. What a cute idea1 Read my shirt day ~ Gotta remember that!

    First Grade Delight