Peanut peanut butter and Jelly!

I had a dollar tree epiphany this weekend! I've alway struggled a bit with reading groups. My problem has been not having kids read in the dreaded round robin. I will have boys read, girls read, kids in boots, kids in sneakers, blue eyes, brown eyes and on and on. I've also assigned kids to be milk and cookies or ketchup and mustard. BUT here's the problem- first graders are a bit like Dory from Finding Nemo. They have short term memory loss. They can't remember what shoes they have on or even their eye color somedays. So that clearly takes away from the focus of the reading group. Until I found this little treasure at the Dollar Tree.
Sorry for the grainy iphone photo!


I have decided to use these sweet little die cuts to help run our reading groups. I place a die cut in front of each student and then when we go to read they know right away if they are peanut butter or jelly. BUT... wait for it....
I also made these multi functional! I added colored stickers with the numbers 1, 2 and 3 on them so then I could also call on the reds, the blues, the greens or the yellows or the 1s, the 2s or the 3s. So now I have a variety of pairings in which I am listening to kids. That's 3 possible groups they can be in to read without forgetting because the visual is right in front of them. Sorry Dory! The group in the picture below is particularly large....my groups are generally smaller. We just had to double up a group this day for scheduling reasons.



Also if they do not touch their card for the whole reading group then they earn a fuzzy. You can read more about earning fuzzies HERE.


How do you manage listening to all your readers?


5 comments

  1. This would go perfect with what I have planned for next year! Too bad we don't have a dollar store where I live! I'm your newest follower :) stop by soon!

    Teaching in the Tongass

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  2. Just found your blog through Molly's shout out. Love the idea for pairing up students. I sometimes use clock buddies but will by trying out something similar to this next year : ). Glad to be a new follower!

    Looking From Third to Fourth

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  3. Hi there!
    I just found you through Molly's shout out! I grabbed those cute PB and J cut outs recently and your idea is great! Thanks for sharing and I am happy to be a new follower!
    Julie

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  4. Hi there!
    I just found you through Molly's shout out! I grabbed those cute PB and J cut outs recently and your idea is great! Thanks for sharing and I am happy to be a new follower!
    Julie

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  5. Cute idea. I have mice and cheese and I use them for name tags. They are great for substitutes because they are on the front of the desks. They are also used for going to the washroom so we know who is out of the room. I never thought about using them for my reading groups.
    I have different seatwork or center activities for my groups so that I can take one group at a time. I don't always get to read aloud with each group each day, but I make sure that the activities are related to what we are doing in the reading groups when it isn't their turn to read.

    Charlene/Diamond Mom

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