This past week, we introduced one of our important reading tools, our Check for Understanding check mark. After reading a just right book, the students pull this check mark out and turn to the first page and use the check mark to cover the words on the page. The check mark reminds them to ask two questions: who? & what? This is a self monitoring tool for the kids to use to see if they understood what happened on each page.
They cover up the words and ask themselves who is this page about? and what just happened? Once they have answered these questions, they move the check mark and read the text to see if their answers to the questions fit with the text on the page. If it does, they move to the next page. If it doesn’t, then they cover up the words and try again (this time they should get it spot on, since they just read the text from the page). Then they check again to see if they got it right by rereading the text on the page.
We have practiced using this tool at school during our reading workshop time and would love for the kids to carry over this skill practice at home too. We will work on putting their check mark in their WEB baggie. When your child takes out the WEB book to read, have them first Warm Up to Read, then read the words, and then retell the story using their check mark to help them.
We also focused on how important vowels are. We built a poster showing all the different sounds that vowels can make:
We will continue to practice these different vowel sounds throughout the next week as we focus in Flippy the Dolphin (one of our accuracy strategies) who reminds us that when we are stretching out a word, to try the short vowel sound first and if that doesn’t work, FLIP IT and try the long vowel sound, and then the schwa sound.
On top of all this, we also continued learning how to read with our partners. This week, we focused on how sometimes while we are reading, we come to a tricky word. We talked about how our partners are great resources to help us figure out those tricky words, while we are reading together. Here are the steps we follow:
Mrs. Stadt :)