Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Focus Walls - Setting Up the Classroom Series

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This site has a whole bunch of photos of focus walls. It's where I first stumbled on the idea many years ago.

The Mac Daddy of all Focus Walls!
A close-up of the same:



No room for a focus wall? Here's an alternative using a presentation board.

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11 comments:

  1. I remember stumbling upon that teddy bear room a couple years ago! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I am going to make some focus wall titles today. Thank you for the inspiration!
    Reagan
    Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits

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  2. These are wonderful focus walls! To save space or for teachers that might not have space they should go to Primary Graffiti and Faithful in First to check out mini focus walls. They are folders for the students desks that have all the components of the focus wall just at the students fingertips. I would link to the sites but I'm unsure how to in a comment.

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  3. I love the presentation board idea! I wanted to set up a focus wall last year, but didn't because I had a combo and didn't have enough space for TWO focus walls. But if I have a combo again this year, I will set up two presentation boards. Brilliant!
    Camille
    An Open Door

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  4. Me again. Here is a link for math focus walls. This site is devoted to enVision math, but it has many photos of math focus walls that may give you ideas.
    http://k6math.rusd.k12.ca.us/focus_walls.htm

    Camille
    An Open Door

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  5. Can you explain focus walls more? Do you change them for every read aloud? How do you use them daily?

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    1. I use them each day. Because we focus on our main reading selection for the week. We take 15-20 minutes out of everyday(except Fridays) going on that weeks targeted skills. So I say focus on (and the kids echo me after each component): Unit 4 Week 5: Changes... Focus on: Story Title: Read story title (discuss the skill ie. theme...drawing conclusion, sequence).....we also make predictions on what the story will be about! Focus on:Author....friends what does the author do (the author writes the story) our author this week is ....and I go down to illustration...weekly phonic skills, review, phonics skills, grammar, vocabulary, writing focis for that week. It's part of our routine and it helps the kids learn and be able to articulate what we are learning that week!

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  6. These are wonderful focus walls! I like the idea of doing one on a presentation board, for those of us who do not have much wall space.

    Mrs. Sphon's Adventures in 4th

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  7. Thanks for the pictures. My district requires them for both reading and math, so this is helpful with ideas.

    http://igetsummersoff.blogspot.com/

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  8. Thanks for all the pictures you post!
    Hoppykindergarten.blogspot.com

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  9. I'd like to know how often these change as well. Thanks for any info you can send my way. :)

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  10. Where do you get the "Title" page that looks like the cover of the book?

    Thanks,
    Baker

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