New Years Resolution- Blog more!
I apologize that my updates here have disappeared in the past months. Blogging is something that I often run out of time for but know families need.
I will be making a conscious effort to keep you better in the know about your student's academic life!
Since returning from break we have really been digging into to reading groups. Our reading time starts with a mini-lesson where I model a reading strategy or practice reading a text as a whole class. After my brief lesson students spend the next hour engaged in literacy rotations. We call this time "Daily 5". We call it this because strong readers and writers practice five different habits every day. We have time for three rotations. Depending on the day students will either be participating in Private Reading (a time to independently read) Partner Reading, Word Work (a daily phonics activity), Work on Writing, or Work with me.
In my group, I take 2-4 children at a time a practice reading grade-level text. We are currently working on integrating multiple reading strategies to read unfamiliar texts. In reading class, we call reading strategies our reading powers! We have six reading strategies:
1, Pointer Power- a reader uses their finger to point under each word. This way they are monitoring their reading and checking for one to one correspondence. Each word should get one tap to ensure the letters on the page match our ideas.
2. Reread Power- a reader can go back and try again if something does not make sense. This builds a reader's ability to self-correct. We want to encourage new readers to make mistakes and be able to hear their mistakes without an adult telling them. This builds independent readers!
3. Snap Word Power- a reader can find known words on the page, even before they try and read the whole page! I often say, "read what you know." This way, a reader has anchors as they try and make meaning of what is on the page.
4. Picture Power: a reader can get clues from pictures to read an unfamiliar word. In our texts, readers encounter words that can not be sounded out (or tapped out). A picture holds the meaning of a story for emergent readers. Before reading, we will look for clues and make predictions about what words we expect to see written.
5. Sound Power: a reader can make the first sound in a word. Sound Power is strongest when used with Picture Power. When a reader makes the first sound in a word and looks to the picture for evidence, they can make a match.
6. Persistence Power: a reader never gives up! This was our new power this week. We have been building our strategies in isolation and Persistence Power teaches readers that if you get to a tricky word, try a strategy. If your first strategy does not work try another!
Above all, remember you are a super reader!
This week we have been broadly working on the concept that parts make up a whole. Part of number sense is a number can be composed and decomposed. We want students to be able to break down numbers into combinations of smaller numbers. For example, 5 can be a group of 1 and 4 or a group of 2 and 3. This number sense allows students to be able to add and subtract fluently.
We also have been expanding our oral counting skills. In addition to counting by 1s through 100, they will count by 10s, and count on starting from numbers other than 1. This skill will again help students have an understanding of the relationship between numbers and build into addition and subtraction. Knowing what number comes next or what number comes before helps students mentally solve addition and subtraction problems.