I decided to take the time during the summer to create everything I needed for my focus board, print, and laminate it, so I don't have to write it over and over and over again on the white board throughout the year.
Here is a picture of my focus board:
It includes the following: (from left to right - color coded like the board)
Text Map (the non-fiction elements)
Story Map (literary elements & story structure)
Targets (both my state standards, Florida & the new Common Core Standards)
Reader's Workshop Schedule
Classwork & Homework
Classroom Rules, Rewards, and Consequences Poster.
For the Targets/Objectives I created strips on Power Point that I laminated and cut up
(ok... I admit it... made a student cut them :))
I use blue painters tape and loop it on the back of the cards and tape them to White Board.
Now that I set it up its super low maintenance!!!!
All I have to do is change the target strips weekly :)
NO MORE writing them over and over again!!!
Here is a picture of the target strips
My target strips include all of the 6-8 Reading & Literacy Objectives from the Common Core Standards & The Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.
This file along with all of the cards for the focus wall is available in my TpT store.
(Only the Reading/Literacy/Media/Speaking & Listening objectives are included.
Writing & Language Conventions are not included)
I love using Power Point to design things!!! It's so easy to manage!
It took a ton f work to create the target strips but sooooooooooooo worth it!!!
My principal loved it so much!
I always have my kids rewrite the daily objective in their own words as part of our mini lessons.
It helps the set a goal for themselves and see what they are going to accomplish in class that day.
They always start it like this "Today, I will be able to ...."
It's great to see them own it!