This week our readers learned that when you love a book, you recommend it to others! In order to recommend a book, we should be able to introduce the characters, setting, and retell the story. Sharing these details gets our friends excited about trying out the books we love to read.
For the reminder of the year, I will be recommending some of my favorite books to our class. We will enjoy some new chapter books series and picture books that I love. I want your child to be excited to continue reading throughout the summer! Look for some books lists, with books at your child’s just right level, to come home next week. To keep your child’s skills fresh, reading everyday over the summer will be essential! Our school library will also be open on Tuesdays from 10-12 in June and July!
Our first grade readers continued to work on discovering the lessons that our characters can learn in some of our favorite picture books.
As we talked more and more about the “big ideas” from our stories, we noticed some similarities and differences between our books. We tried to really dig deep and make connections between the same lesson and trouble. Sometimes, our characters experienced the same trouble, but the lessons that they learned were different.
At the end of the week, we reorganized part of our classroom library and grouped many of our favorite books together by the lessons they teach: believe in yourself, speak up, be polite, stay with the group, etc. Then, we were able to pick books to read from these piles already knowing the lessons the characters (and ourselves) were going to learn. We can’t wait to read more books and learn more lessons from so many amazing characters!
This week our readers worked on changing their voice to match their characters’ feelings. We noticed a lot of little clues in the text that help us know when and how to change our voice like: ellipses, bold print, italics, CAPITAL LETTERS, quotation marks, and more. The kids had so much fun looking for these clues in their own books!
We also learned to hold on to the lessons in our stories. In our fiction books, our characters are always facing some sort of trouble and have to figure out ways to solve these big and small problems. We can learn from our characters, and can even act the same way they do, when the same kind of trouble happens to us!
This week our readers really got to know one of our favorite characters: Mr. Putter.
We learned that as we read fiction books we need to study the main character. When we do, we can figure out what he likes, dislikes and how he acts. In our book, Mr. Putter Drops the Ball,we learned that Mr. Putter really likes to nap and he’s worried he might be too old to play baseball!
We should pay attention to all the other characters too! Each character is so different. Understanding all the characters helps us to make better predictions about the story. In our book, we also met Mrs. Teaberry, who is brave and confident. She is sure that Mr. Putter is not too old to play ball.
Later in the week, we remembered how important it is to go back and reread. When we reread, we usually notice something new about our characters that we may have missed during our first read.
Finally, we talked about noticing our character’s feelings and when those feelings change. If our character’s feelings change, we can “take action” and change the sound of our voice. Our first graders are becoming such expressive readers!!!
This week, we continued on our “reading adventure” and packed our suitcases full of strategies to help us understand our reading.
Earlier in the week, we remembered to retell the important parts of our stories. We used sticky notes to mark the pages with the most important events and retold each part to our reading partner.
We also reviewed how important it is to reread our stories. When we reread, we notice things in the pictures and words that we might have missed during our first read. The more times we reread our books, the better we understand our stories.
Finally, we chatted about connections. We learned about text-to-text connections and text-to-self connections earlier in the year, but this time around we noticed connections between different parts in the story. The events on one page may show the trouble and another page shows the solution or one page might be the cause and another page shows the effect. We had fun discovering and sharing about the parts of our stories that go together… like a puzzle.
Next week, our first grade readers will be studying on of our favorite characters: Mr. Putter!!!
This week in reading, we continued our focus on habits of a good reader to become SUPER SMART about NONFICTION topics. We worked hard to think about the facts that we had learned while we were reading and spent time sharing them with our classmates. To make sure that we were sharing facts in a way that would be interesting to our friends, we practiced reading them smoothly, trying our best to sound like a teacher or a news reporter.
We also began to review different ways to figure out tricky words in our nonfiction books. Our new poster has a lot of strategies that reminded us of our animal friend decoding strategies we used for our fiction books.
This week in reading, we focused in on habits of a good reader to become SUPER SMART about NONFICTION topics. We worked at finding nonfiction books that are at a level we can read most of the words and then practiced taking a sneak peek to see what we could learn about the topic, before we even read the words.
We worked hard to s-l-o-w down our reading and really pay close attention to each page and the words and pictures that help teach us. We used what we learned from one page to help us predict what else we might learn in the book. And, we spent a lot of time working with our partners and sharing what we had learned (in our own words).
We spent time looking at different nonfiction books to see how nonfiction books work differently than fiction stories. We noticed features that could help us to understand what we were reading better.
The kids have learned so much from our nonfiction books already and they just LOVE sharing what they learned with the class.