Monday, January 19, 2015
This week in Reader's Workshop, we worked on differentiating between fiction books and nonfiction books. We talked a lot about nonfiction text features and worked with partners to find some of these features in our "just right" nonfiction books.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
In word study, we have been doing a lot of work around beginning blends. Blends are two letters that stick together in a word and to make a blended sound, like "st" in the word "stem". Students at this development stage often only use one sound in their writing, so doing a lot of word work around blends helps students become more aware of both sounds when they read and write.
We have been using our sort cards to play word games, along with our usual weekly word study actvities, to build our awareness of blends in words. Please continue to encourage your child to really stretch out and write each sound they hear when working on a writing activity!
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had wonderful vacations. From what I've heard from the kids, it sounds like everyone had loads of fun!
This week, we are launching a big nonfiction unit in reader's and writer's workshop. Today, we did a lot of work around finding the main idea and details in a nonfiction piece of writing. We read an article about grizzly bears and discussed the main idea. Then, students went off with their partners to write some details, or important facts from the text, onto a graphic organizers to support the main idea. Check out a few pictures of us at work!
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Monday, December 1, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
To finish up our journal writing unit, we have been varying our sentences by trying to use pronouns in our writing. We discussed what a pronoun was and looked at various mentor writing pieces to see how authors use pronouns in their writing.
Then, in our journals we have been trying to use pronouns and circling places where we tried it out!
This one made me smile. :)
We will be starting our new unit on personal narratives after the Thanksgiving break.