LITERACY

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Each week we will read a book as a class to focus on learning different reading comprehension skills.

Unit 6- Putting It Together

Book of the Week:

Alistair and Kip's Great Adventure

Question of the Week:

What can friends build together?

Skill: Plot

(I can explain what happens first, next, and last in a story.)

New Words:

Word Wall List

I

am

the

little

to

a

have

is

we

my

like

he

for

she

me

with

see

look

they

of

you

are

do

that

one

two

three

four

five

go

here

from

blue

green

yellow

what

said

was

where

come

Writing Workshop

After collecting lots of facts about each animal, everyone started putting their information into a book

Each child has picked an animal to learn more about. We are collecting facts to turn into a book.

Now we are learning about informational writing. We are starting off with facts and opinions.

Everyone's opinion paper has been uploaded to SeeSaw!

We are finishing up our opinion writing by choosing a perfect pet and supporting our reason with 3 ideas.

We have moved on to opinion writing. We have practiced sharing our opinions about different topics and explaining why we feel that way.

Everyone has created 2 personal narratives. Students chose one of the stories to turn into a book. They are in the process of creating their books.

Here's what we are working on...

  • Writing sentences using our word wall words
  • Creating WOW pictures

Now that we are learning to write, we have begun learning about personal narratives.

Students are practicing telling stories about things that they have done. We are beginning to learn about writing stories with a beginning, middle, and ending using transition words.

Things for you to say when your child stops at a word...

-"You try"

-"What does it start like?"

-"What sound does that letter make?"

-"Look at the picture to see if it helps you"

Things to say when your child makes a mistake...

-Let them finish the sentence and see if they realize that it didn't make sense.

-"Try that word again"

-"It could be ____, but look at what it starts with"

Tips for Reading with your Child

Use sound strategies to tackle a new word

· As we are learning more letters and their sounds, we are starting to sound out unfamiliar words. When you’re reading with your child at home, have your child say the sounds of the letters (of the unfamiliar word) and then help them to blend the sounds together. As this strategy becomes familiar, your child will be able to blend the sounds together on their own.

Use the story to help your child learn

· Ask your child what word or idea would make sense in the plot of the story when she gets stuck on an unfamiliar word.

· Encourage your child to look at illustrations, pictures, titles, or graphs to figure out the meaning of new words.

· Give support and encouragement

· Challenge your child to figure out new words, but always supply the word before he becomes frustrated.

· After your child has read a story, reread it aloud yourself so that he can enjoy it without interruption.

Make reading a priority

· Whether it's 10 minutes after school, before bed or in the morning before school. It helps to set aside a specific time for reading. This kind of special "together time" can go a long way toward getting your child interested in books.

Create the right atmosphere

· Find a quiet comfortable place to listen to your child read. While you don't need to build a special reading nook, it helps to ensure that, even in a busy home, there's a quiet place for reading. This kind of special "together time" can go a long way toward getting your child interested in books.

Make reading fun

· Kids may not get excited about the idea of quiet time spent curled up on the couch. Why not make it fun by turning reading sessions into impromptu theater performances? Play around with funny voices to impersonate animals or unusual characters in stories. You'll get to release some tension, and your child will learn to think of reading as fun rather than work.

Keep reading aloud to your child

· Don't stop reading aloud to your child once he/she learns to read. When you read to your child, you let your child enjoy books that are beyond their independent reading level and build their vocabulary by exposing them to new words. Reading aloud is also a chance for you to model reading smoothly and with expression.