Sunday, January 22, 2012

Workshop Revamp! In Pictures

I don't know about you, but language arts workshop is my favorite time of the day. But ...

I felt like it was lacking. My small groups were rockin' it out over at the table with me, but the others were drowning in a sea of worksheets (and we are not "permitted" to do centers) . In any case it's NOT what I wanted for my kiddos. So a revamp was in need. After many months of blog reading and pinterst searching I found it... ADD A NEXT DO! duh!

So now my kids have three steps to their independent workshop. 1. Must Do (related to our HM lessons) 2. Next Do (a skill related game or activity) 3. May Do (independent reading) And I pull kids as needed!

Check out pics of our new system!

Our Next Do activities lists... I rotate their numbers every other day.

This is where the kiddos can pick up their Next Do activities.
These are some the next do activities that they have...

Thank you Donors Choose for the CD players and books!

HM vocabulary ABC order

Monster HFWs and and Fry's Phrases

HFW Pass It Sticks

Making Words- Short Vowel Version

HFW Blast Off!
And my favorite next do is this take on Boggle Jr. that I made (lots of love and hours went into it, but the kiddos are eating it up!)

The kids are really digging our new workshop (and I am saving on grading and copies... YES!). 

So... do you have any other next do ideas? I'd love to hear them!!


Hadar said...


Jessica said...

I LOOOVE your center ideas! Totally pinning! =)
Thanks so much for sharing!

Busy Bees said...

New follower...and love your center ideas. Thanks for sharing!

Doodle Bugs Paper said...

Hey!! those are my zebra number cards and I LOVED seeing them in action on your blog!!

Altax said...

Lovely and innovative ones. Awesome!!!

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Sara said...

Are the monster frames the kids were using with the Fry phrases something you made or bought? I love them!

Mrs. Hodson said...

@Sara... Thanks :)I made them after seeing them on another blog... the awesome monster graphics are from KPM Digital on ETSY! I LOVE her stuff!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the post! I really like it.
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Mrs. Schroeder said...

Your Monster Words are so cute. Kiddos always love a fun name to get them excited. I love using playdough and stampers with my kiddos too. They also love the games on They have a new iPad app and I can't wait for them to check it out this school year!
Thanks for sharing!
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