I hope today finds you doing great! For the last day of SGM week, I promised some personal ideas for Story Grammar Marker, so that's what the post is about today. Again, the best part about SGM is it's flexibility. While the manuals make recommendations and others have their own ways of teaching/implementing, you should feel free to dive in, try different things, and see what works best for you and your students!
Following are ideas that I use to teach/organize/display Story Grammar Marker:
My SGM team from St. Petersburg, FL! For Halloween, we decided to bring Literacy to Life by dressing up as The Paper Bag Princesses!
This is a science fair board covered in felt. The icons stick to it nicely, which helps to store all of my "extra" Braidy pieces not being used at that time!
The student story braids hang on Command hooks on the wall. The students know that when they come in the classroom, they should grab a story braid before sitting down!
One of the two SGM Bulletin Boards outside of my classroom. We did this one when we first started learning character and feelings. I found body part stickers, and the students chose different facial expressions for their characters!
A few notes:
- Once you really get into SGM, you may find that you are having a hard time navigating around the different teaching manuals. There are so many worksheets (not a bad thing), that sometimes it's hard to remember which ones you have and where to find them. Because of this, I spent time making a copy of the worksheets I use and organizing them into my personal teacher binder. I organized them by icon (character, setting, kickoff, etc.) This way I can choose which worksheet to use for different kids, depending on their ability levels.
- I love to do a Story Grammar Marker "Book of the Month." The book of the month is most always a holiday or seasonal book. We make visuals and crafts that go along with each SGM Book of the Month, and these go on the other SGM Bulletin Board. This is great because many classes use the same book! Here are the ones I used for each month last year.
- January-Pierre the Penguin by Jean Marzollo
- February-Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli
- March-Lucky Tucker by Leslie McGuirk
- April-Pig's Egg by Katherine Sully
- May-The Night Before Summer Vacation by Natasha Wing
- September-The Teacher From the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler
- October-The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
- November-Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano
- December-Just A Snowman by Mercer Mayer
- Use the Data Sheets! They help you know exactly where to start on each kid, and exactly what areas you need to spend more time on. (And exactly how far the kiddos have come!)
- Utilize the SGM blog on Mindwing Concepts for additional ideas.
- Get other teachers involved! Carryover into the general education classes is key!
- Be creative! You can print pictures from stories and velcro them on Braidy, make sequencing visuals for story retell, use the magnets, stamps, and just about anything else to teach SGM!