Why? Because I have a lesson planned for every Monday morning with practically no planning on my part. Ahhh...it's wonderful. But, don't start thinking that I'm a lazy teacher! It's a great activity that works on listening, speaking, writing, reading, and social skills. It can't get any better than that, right?
On Fridays all students get their homework for the weekend - to write down what they did over the weekend. I have different formats based on student needs. Some students write their responses and other students type and email them in. (Since I can't count on all of the
They all take turns sharing their reports. I have an "accomplishment checklist" that students mark off after they presented their report which motivates some students. I also have students volunteer to read their report instead of me calling on anyone. Sometimes we have awkward silence and it took a while at first, but now, halfway through the year of doing this, I have most of my students volunteering on their own which is awesome! Also, I now have students asking me what I did over the weekend! It's great to see these skills being carried over to typical social situations.
Other students are reminded to listen when others are talking and to think about what the speaker is saying. Students have a sheet that they write down something each person did and they can also ask questions (sometimes prompted by me. Ex. hm, he said he went to see a movie. I wonder what movie he saw. What could we ask to find out?)
I have included my weekend report packet on my TPT store.
4-6: (Beginner) Detailed weekend prompts (On Friday I watched…), p5-6 have more writing space
7-8: (Higher) Weekend prompts with Who, What, and Where, p8 has more space between lines for writing
9: Weekend Fill-ins on Monday
I would love for you to download this AMAZING resource and try it out in your classroom! If you use it, I would love to hear how it goes so either leave a comment here or leave feedback on my TPT store. Morning mornings will never be the same again - you can thank me for that later :)
and Happy New Year!!