Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Collecting Information

I am trying to be complete in my coverage of Pamela's reading, oral narration, graphic organizers, and written narration of Chapter 3 of Miracles on Maple Hill. Here is a quick recap: before reading one word from this chapter, we reviewed and recalled earlier readings by having Pamela ask her own questions. Then, we did our typical language arts cycle and Pamela filled out some setting sheets.

In this session, Pamela started off by working on another graphic organizer for setting, pictured below and covered in the video clip below the picture. Earlier in this session, we reviewed and recalled the previous reading. I edited out the redirection I gave Pamela because I posted it elsewhere. Out of thirty minutes of recording, I spent three minutes redirecting her. She rarely does this and I think two things threw her off: (1) her dad worked at home that day and (2) he spent about ten minutes drumming (yes, rock and roll band drums) at the other end of the house!

Then, we transitioned to a fact sheet about mice, pictured below and shown in the recording below that.


JamBerry said...

These posts are so fantastic! Thanks for taking the time to blog them!
Could you tell me how long you may spend on a chapter? I guess the right answer is, "As long as it takes," but how long does it (or may it, or should it?) take??

walking said...

This chapter had nine pages of text, written at a fifth or sixth grade level. I broke the readings into three days plus another day to do the written narration. I try to plan 20 minutes for Pamela to read and narrate one day's worth of work in a book for which I am not doing graphic organizers and written narration (The Brendan Voyage, The Endless Steppe, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers). It usually takes 30 to 40 minutes if we are taking time to do the graphic organizer.

For one chapter of this book (Miracles on Maple Hill), Pamela spends about 60 minutes reading and narrating, 30 to 60 minutes working on graphic organizers, and 20 minutes typing the written narration.

I think you will be pleased when you see how well Pamela types her narrations from memory!