So, I call this my time of year my "give a little, get a little" time. You keep giving me some work and calm behavior, and I'll back off some in the school department.
Which brings us to theme, somehow.
Anyway, theme is hard. Kids don't get it. It's not easy to teach. Perfect for the end of the year, right? It is when you bring Patricia Polacco into the mix. Sigh. Love her. We started off by reading My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother and making this amazing anchor chart.
What do you do when you run out of chart paper? Use the cardboard backing of course.
We are spending four days in small groups. Each day, each group reads a different book. I ordered these from Scholastic.
I enlarged this very fancy organizer onto 11x17 paper. After reading the book independently, they meet in their groups to discuss the book and fill out the organizer. If they have extra time, they're writing a Somebody/Wanted/But/So/Then summary chart on the back. (Random-They are completely willing to write a summary chart. Summary paragraph? No. Chart? Yes. Whatever, it's a summary.)
I have a pile of Patricia Polacco books (thanks Ebay!). On the fifth day, they'll chose a book and complete the organizer and a summary chart by themselves. I don't have enough books for everyone, so we'll be juggling that and independent reading.
If your school subscribes to United Streaming/Discovery Education (how many years and I still can't get used to it???), there are two Patricia Polacco Reading Rainbows: Applemando's Dreams and Rechenka's Eggs. Love me some Reading Rainbow.
We're reading, we're learning, we're talking, and I may be getting some paperwork done during all this. What more can you want for the end of the year?