Hi everyone! I have a long list of OG topics to blog about for this upcoming school year. About a week ago, I asked my Facebook page fans which topic they’d like to have me blog first. Out of over 100 comments, many were eager to see how I used my OG notebook, so we’ll start there. I found out there was also a need for some basics about what OG is, so I’ll create a post covering that soon. Polling my Facebook page fans gave me a pulse on what people really want to learn more about, so I really appreciated the responses to my question.
If you read my post called, “What’s In My OG Bag” last Fall, you may have figured out that I’m big on organization and efficiency. This is essential in any OG session, because each session is only about an hour. There really isn’t extra time to add in extras, other than lesson format. Things move at a pace that keeps the direct instruction front and center.
One of the ways I keep my kids organized is giving them a notebook and a binder. I’ll blog about the binder in another post. This is a picture of just a marble-stitched composition notebook.
They take it out and use it every time I meet with them. Let’s talk about the parts.
- Front cover: I tape or glue a picture of C.O.P.S. This is a visual editing strategy we use when my students check their dictation sentences. When it’s time for the dictation portion of the lesson, they stand the notebook up as a visual reminder to use C.O.P.S.
- Inside front cover: I tape or glue a picture of the OG crab. There are little segments my students color in when they master a new phonogram, syllable type, or spelling generalization. (Credits: Sadly no longer available from EPS Publishing, Success Stories 1 by Elizabeth Butcher and Nancy Simonetti.)
- First page: I tape or glue C.L.O.V.E.R. This is an acronym for the syllable types. You can download a free copy of it in my store by clicking here.
- The pages: After we finish the introduction of new material, My students glue or tape their word list into the notebook and date it. Fold it in half sideways, and it won’t stick out of the pages.
- Extras: Hand out post-it flags or tabs for students to keep track of the page you’re on. Glue letter size envelope or small manila envelope on the inside back cover to store word sorting cards, index cards, or a game.
- I include rules for spelling for specific lessons as well. (ie. When to use c or k when spelling a word)
- Have a record of every word list in their notebook in order.
- Use the words and sentences list to practice reading throughout the week.
- Open up to any words from previous weeks during a lesson and use them for fluency practice, games, cursive practice, or review. Sometimes, while I’m putting materials away and transitioning into the next part of a lesson, I’ll ask my students to choose any 3 lists to read out loud to me. Not a minute is wasted while we move through a session.
For more information on the structure of a lesson, read, “What Does An Orton-Gillingham Lesson Plan Look Like?“
I hope you found today’s post helpful. Next time I’ll be posting about how I use my words and sentences lists. Do you use a notebook in a similar way? I’d love to hear about it. Please be sure to leave comments.