Photo Dump: Back to School Edition and More!

Well hello there!

 I was going back through all of my pictures from last school year and I found a bunch that I never blogged about.  Yahoo!  Fresh material!  I found a whole set of pictures from the beginning of the school year where we were setting up expectations for reading and writing workshop.

Each of the anchor charts reflects a mini lesson from the beginning of the year.

 One of the first lessons I do in reading workshop is to discuss what being a good reader even  means.  I think I got this from Fountas and Pinnell many years ago from their Guiding Readers and Writers book.
The same day I do the reading lesson, I carry it right over into writing and we discuss it here as well.

Another day we discuss what reading workshop is and how the Daily 4 (Work on Writing is done in Writing Workshop) fits in.

Here is our charting of stamina.  This is straight from the Daily 5.

As I was typing this post I realized that it would be a good place to share my getting started plans for the year.  Many years ago I shared my Starting Writer's Workshop lessons on my website and I have used them without fail, successfully EVERY year. I didn't know if everyone had seen them and thought they may help someone out there!  Also, I have shared these a million times, but thought it would be an appropriate place re-post my setting up Guided Math lessons as well. I don't have any setting up Reader's Workshop lessons because they are a big mash up of Fountas and Pinnell and the Sisters.


Hope your year is off to a great start!



  1. I love your Guided Math start up lessons. I am trying to "really" implement guided math this year. I love your use of the math acronym. I am really interested in your "helping others with math" activities...are these activities always word problems? How many of these types of problems do partners complete each day?
    Any information you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

  2. You may have posted these packs a bunch, but they are new to me! Thank you so much!!! :)

    Mindful Rambles

  3. Love the stamina chart. I just started daily 5 this year with my junior high kids and so far so good. We're up to 6 minutes, which is really good given my students. I think I'm going to have to make a stamina chart so we can see our progress.


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