Week 8 and 9…and 10 were a total blur. These weeks consisted of sports, my first IEPs of the year, PT conferences, our spirit week, a huge presentation at work, and very little sleep.
So now I’m moving into Week 11 which is the first week of the 2nd nine weeks.
We have been continuing with Fish and working a lot with the vocabulary, as well as an annotation strategy that the kids really enjoyed.
Throughout the chapter, as we read aloud, I would say STOP and they would have to write a question in the margin of the book. We then shared them, many of which were very good questions. A few of my kids even think the Guide could be a bad guy leading the family into a trap. I heard some pretty insightful questions too. One of my favorites because it had the vocabulary words “reluctant” in it:
If the wolf mistook Tiger for her cub, why was she reluctant to approach Tiger?
We continued to work on vocabulary as well. One Friday we did two stations with our vocabulary. The first was a matrix where students had to choose combinations of words and write sentences using both words. I loved overhearing their conversation during this activity. Fish Vocabulary Matrix
The second was a Tic-Tac-Toe board where they had to choose a set of three prompts to answer by next Wednesday. Each prompt required brainstorm, restatement of the question, and an answer. Ideally, I planned on having them do all three in the one period, but realized it was far too much for them to do in the allotted time. So for three nights in a row they were assigned a “tic,” a “tac,” and a “toe.” Fish Vocab Tic Tac Toe
I’ll leave you with the rubric/checklist my students used for self-evaluation of their Tic-Tac-Toe. Tic Tac Toe Writing Checklist Rubric Students had to complete this checklist prior to turning in their writing notebooks. It definitely saved me some time on grading and their final products were better when they knew what I was looking for!!
Hope you had a good week or two…or three!
Resources to download if you are reading Fish by L.S. Matthews
- Pre-Reading Fish Vocab Squares (PDF)
- Quizlet – Fish (Pre-Reading Vocab)
- Quizlet – Pre-Reading – Using Words in Context
- Fish Vocab Squares Ch.1-2 (PDF)
- Fish Vocab Squares Ch.3-4, (PDF)
- Quizlet – Fish Ch. 1 and 4 Vocab
- Fish Vocab Squares Ch. 5-6 (PDF)
- Fish Vocabulary Matrix (PDF)
- Fish Vocab Tic Tac Toe (PDF)
- Tic Tac Toe Writing Checklist Rubric (PDF)