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Reading Update

In Reader’s Workshop this past week we focused on becoming the character in the books we are reading. We found that we can use our voice, face, and body to help us act like the characters.

We practiced with some of our favorite books like Elephant and Piggie, Pigeon, and Arthur and DW. We will continue working on characters with some reader’s theater next week!

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knufflebunny    pigeon    arthur

 

Mrs. Stadt :)

Reading Update

In Reader’s Workshop last week we focused on becoming the character in the books we are reading. We found that we can use our voice, face, and body to help us act like the characters.

We practiced with some of our favorite books like Elephant and Piggie, Pigeon, and Henry and Mudge. Once we got really good at becoming the characters, we read our book to two other friends in our class.

    

We will continue working on characters with some reader’s theater next week!

Mrs. Stadt :)

Reading Update

We wrapped up our unit on characters, this past week.  It was so much fun to spend dedicated time thinking and sharing what our characters were doing and feeling and what those actions made us think.  It was a great unit for exploring all the wonderful fiction books that we have in our classroom.

We will continue to track and share our thinking about characters throughout the rest of the year, but we did move on to a new unit of study toward the end of the week.  The kids had a blast going through all our nonfiction books in the classroom.  We talked about some ways that they are different than fiction stories (we will learn SO many more in the weeks to come) and we also talked about where to find them in the classroom.

We spent some time reminding the kids how important it is that when we are reading independently, we have books that are JUST RIGHT for us as readers, and that goes for nonfiction books as well.  So, we refreshed our memory on the FIVE FINGER RULE.    The students pick a book and then open to any page.  They read one page and every time they come to a word they don’t know, they would put one of their fingers up.  If they were left with no fingers up at the end of that one page, then the book is too easy.  If they were left with 4 to 5 fingers up, the book is too tricky.  If they have 1, 2 or 3 fingers up, then the book is ‘Just Right!’

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Mrs. Stadt :)

Reading Update

During our short week, we spent some time reviewing our jobs as readers.  We also reviewed how important it was for readers to make sure that they are figuring out their tricky words and checking to see if their guesses look right, sound right, and make sense (wise old owl).  We have spent so much time focusing on our characters and we noticed that we might get confused about what is happening with our characters if we are not figuring out our tricky words in the story.  So, we reviewed our animal friend strategies.

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We also talked with our kids about making sure that they are tracking their thinking with sticky notes, because we are going to have them start recording some of their thinking to share with the class and their families.  So, first graders, let the sticky note monster make tracks in your books!!  Show us your thinking!

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Mrs. Stadt :)

Reading Update

Before break, our reading time was spent studying the characters our books as if we were detectives trying to discover something new.  We had noticed before that our friend DAVID was a character that has a pattern to his behavior in his stories, he is always acting naughty.  And our friend PETE has a pattern to his behavior too, he is always calm and cool.  But, this week, we noticed that some of our characters change how they act throughout the books.  We noticed that we had characters who were calm and happy at one point in a book and then they might get angry later in the book.  Our friend the PIGEON is a good example of this, same with ELEPHANT GERALD and PIGGIE.  These characters show a range of emotions throughout their stories and it was easy for our kids to notice the difference between these dynamic characters and ones that follow a pattern.

We also looked closer at our characters to really focus in on what our characters liked to do and what they don’t like to do.  We noticed that in the book Jingle Bells, Homework Smells. Gilbert really enjoys playing in the snow and decorating Christmas cookies, but he doesn’t like homework.  The kids were really good and picking out things their characters liked and didn’t like.

Lastly, we started paying attention to the words that our characters were saying out loud.  We noticed that we could tell a lot about how our characters were feeling just by listening to the words they said.

Piggy feels confused.
Piggy feels confused.
Trixie feels upset.
Trixie feels upset.

We also used clues from the pictures and the characters bodies to help us figure out their feelings.  Sometimes our characters have strong feelings, but the words in the book don’t reveal what these feelings are.  We don’t let that stop us from being detectives.  We can look at our characters’ facial expressions and body language to discover how their emotions change in a book.

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Mrs. Stadt :)

Reading Update

This past week in reading, we spent time focusing on the characters from our books.   The kids did a great job noticing who their characters were and even finding who the main character was in their story.

We pulled out one of our favorite characters, David, and read a new book about him.  The kids had plenty of schema about him from his other books, so they knew some of things his character might do.  As we read this new story, we noticed that there was a pattern to what happened in the story.  Patterns help teach us about characters and can even help us predict what might happen in a story.  We decided that if we noticed a pattern in our stories while we were reading, we were going to mark a post it note with a P so we could share that pattern with our partner.

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As we read about more and more characters, we really focused on tracking what we were noticing as we read.  So many of us had connections to things our characters were doing or parts of a story where a character did something funny we wanted to share with our partner.  The kids continued to mark their pages of their books with post it notes as reminders of thoughts they wanted to share.  These first grade readers are keeping very busy!

Mrs. Stadt :)

Reading Update

In reading this past week, we focused on using what we know about word families to help us figure out new, tricky words.  The kids noticed word family words that they knew in a snap.  When we took a closer look at those words, we noticed that words from the same family all end the same.

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We then used that same word ending to help us figure out other, tricky words with the same word family ending.

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We also started having conversations about the characters in our stories.  We talked to the kids about how we were going to spend some time focusing on these new friends that we were meeting in each of our books each week.  The kids went off to read and study the characters in their stories. When we came back as a group, they had some time to share about who their characters were and it was fun to see the kids share with the class who their favorite characters were.  We had some great introductions to some good, old friends and also some new friends that we hadn’t met yet.  I love watching the kids share their love for their books with the rest of the class. Way to go, first grade readers!

Mrs. Stadt :)