Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Workshop Wednesday: GO's

I found this really cute linky at Ideas by Jivey called Workshop Wednesday.

Each week she features a different thing about our Workshops-Reading, Math, Writing, etc. 

This week is Reading Organizers...or as we call them in my class GO's! (stands for Graphic Organizers for those of you who don't speak Kaitlyn ;)

Our literacy series is very heavy on the GO's... the kids use them to record their thoughts on the comprehension skill of the theme.

However, I'm not the biggest fan of them. I don't think there is enough space for them to tell why they thought something, or to show their thought process, so.......

I made my own! The ones on the left are from the literacy series, and the ones on the right are the ones that I created.
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Some ones that don't have buddies:

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I find that with mine, the kids are more apt to explain their thinking, and it helps them think more deeply about the reading.

We did have to have a talk that even though they are reading together, doesn't mean I want them thinking together. I'm all for sharing ideas, but I was finding two sets of worksheets exactly the same.

Comprehension is really unique to the individual based on their schema, so we talked about how one person understands something is different from how you understand it.

We practice the GO together a few times, demonstrating the skill before I send it off to have them do it independently.

I also use it as a quick comprehension check (to see how well they understand it), as well as a Reader Response for some of the novels that we are reading in groups.

If you want any of the organizers, click on the links underneath the pictures to access them.

Today's Outfit:

Cardigan: Target
Tank: Old Navy
Pants: Kohls
Shoes: Target

We had a 2 hour delay this 2 more hours of sleep for me! The roads were better later on, and the day went by quickly. The kids came in and went right to special! No Math or Social Studies today.

Smiles and Sunshine,


  1. I just love your blog!!!! Thank you for sharing.

  2. These are GREAT resources! Thanks for sharing!



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