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Reading Update!

We spent some time this week reviewing our read to self routines in our new reading spots. The kids fell right back into the swing of our workshop.

We began a new unit of study focused on nonfiction books. The kids are so excited to dig into this section of our classroom library. This past week, we read books about owls and the first computers (books from my Donor’s Choose project). It has been fun to see the kids getting excited to share their learning with the class.

Reading Update!

This week, we reviewed our strategies for figuring out longer and trickier words. We focused on breaking apart long words and using what we know about the smaller parts to figure out the tricky word. We also paid close attention to the beginning of words, particularly for letters that go together, like blends (fl, dr, sm) or digraphs (th, sh, ch).

Then, we focused on breaking the ending off a word and focused on figuring out the root word before adding the ending back on (ed, ing, s). And then, we also spent time looking at vowel teams and what is making those long vowel sounds. We focused in on some high frequency vowel teams (ee, ea, ai, ou, oo, oa).

Reading Update!

This week, we received notice from the SUPER SECRET DETECTIVE AGENCY that our first graders had earned a STAR for their badges because of all their hard work with snap words. They sent us off with a new mission of figuring out longer and trickier words. We focused on breaking apart long words and using what we know about the smaller parts to figure out the tricky word. We also paid close attention to the beginning of words, particularly for letters that go together, like blends (fl, dr, sm) or digraphs (th, sh, ch).

Reading Update!

This week, we received notice from the SUPER SECRET DETECTIVE AGENCY that our first graders had earned their badges for all their hard work solving hard words. They delivered the badges and sent us off with a new mission. We are focusing in on SNAP WORDS (words we know and can read quickly, without having to slow down – we know them in a snap).  We’ve worked hard to grown the number of snap words we know and have practiced recognizing these words in our reading.

Reading Update!

This week, we started a new unit of reading focused on figuring out tricky words. Our classroom received a mystery envelope from the SUPER SECRET DETECTIVE AGENCY! 🙂 We’ve been busy on missions all week, to help us be the best word detectives we can be.

Each new mission has given us a new tool to help us carefully figure out new, tricky words. We’ll keep working on new missions as we grow as word detectives.

Reading Update!

When we read with our first graders, there are three areas that we look for growth throughout the year: comprehension, accuracy, and fluency.  This week, we introduced a tool to aid the students in strengthening their reading comprehension.

This tool helps guide the students in retelling the events of a story in order.  When we use this tool, we start by reading a story.  When we finish reading, before moving on to another story, we see if we can remember the events of the story.  The kids practiced retelling the events across their fingers.

Reading Update!

We talked about how good readers think about their books as they read.  We focused on how when they finish reading one book, before moving on to their next book, they can stop and think. This week, we focused on making connections to our books as we read. As we read, we stopped to think, ‘Would I feel the same way, if that had happened to me?’ or ‘Do I know of any other characters, from different books, who have felt this way before?’ Connections help us to understand how characters feel and infer why they are acting the way they are acting in different parts of a story. Making these connections will help your child to have a deeper understanding of story events and prepares them to be able to talk about character traits.

Reading Update!

This week, the kids had fun sharing some of the books they’ve been reading on their own. We practiced giving book introductions where the kids share the WHO, WHAT, & WHERE from their stories. This skill helps build our first graders’ ability to summarize, while also giving them a chance to share their excitement over a book with friends in the class.

We also talked about how good readers think about their books as they read.  We focused on how when they finish reading one book, before moving on to their next book, they can stop and think.

Reading Update!

This week, we added to our collection of strategies to use when we encounter a tricky word.

 

We focused on checking to see if our guess makes sense within the context of the page we are reading. Then, we double check to see if the guess matches the letters/sounds of the word on the page. When we are stretching out the sounds in a tricky word, we can try more than one vowel sound to figure out the new word. We spent a lot of time talking about vowels and some of the different sounds they make.