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Reading Update

imgresWe had an exciting week in Reader’s Workshop this week!  First, we finished up our study of spot and dot.  On our last day, the kids were able to use i-pads to practice the spot and dot strategy with the tricky words from their just right books.  After recording on the Show Me app, we shared our multi-syllable words with our partners.  We are SOOOO excited to continue using this strategy!!!

Later in the week, we began a new unit of study.  During this unit, the kids will become experts on different topics that are fascinating to them.  We will be reading nonfiction books, fiction books, magazines, songs, and poems about the same topic to grow our expertise.  In order to begin this cross-genre study, we had to reorganize our classroom library. This was a BIG job, but the kids were such wonderful helpers!  We sorted all of our books by topics. Some of these topics included “Insects”, “Dogs”, “Dangerous Animals”, “Animals that Can Fly”, “Animals that Change”, “Weather”, “Famous People”, “Jobs”, “Sports” and many, many more!!

This coming week, we will choose new topics on which to become experts! I can’t wait to hear about the new things they will learn!

Mrs. Stadt :)

Reading Update

We’ve already learned so much about being a great decoder and how important it is to use many strategies to figure out tricky words.  This week, we tried to push ourselves even more as readers by learning a new strategy that taught us how to break apart words into syllables, so we could decode multi-syllable words.  This new strategy had a special name: SPOT & DOT!!!

Before we could try SPOT & DOT we had to develop our understanding of a syllable.  We learned that words can be split apart into syllables and every syllable has its own vowel sound.  (This vowel sound is sometimes made up of a vowel all by itself.  Other times it’s made up of a team of vowels working together.)   Since our SPOT & DOT strategy works with words that contain two or more syllables, we studied several words and tried to predict if they had only one syllable or many syllables.

Next, we were ready to SPOT & DOT.  We followed the steps below:

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After Step 3, we swooped our fingers under each syllable to read the word.

We tried reading many 2-syllable and 3-syllable words as a class before the kids tried some on their own.  We will continue practicing this strategy next week as we tackle some of the tricky multi-syllable words the kids find in their own books.

Reading Update

In Reader’s Workshop, we have become experts on so many topics. Two weeks ago, we worked on looking carefully at the words in our books.

First, we learned how important it is for us to be talking to our reading partner about our topic and all that we learn!  The more we talk the better comprehension we have.  We can also help our partner by sharing our reactions to their learning and asking more questions!  Throughout the week different partner groups were recorded and displayed on the projector for all of us to learn from!

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Later in the week, we compared the books in our book box. In two of our Earth books, we noticed that they taught the same thing. They both taught us that we should turn off the water when we brush our teeth to conserve this precious resource.  We also saw something different about our Earth books. One book taught us about many ways to save the Earth, and the other only focused on water.

At the end of the week, we looked at words that were important to our topic. We practiced with a non-fiction book about Earth Day. We found the words recycle, pollution, electricity, and conserve to be important words. These words helped us learn and teach others about what we read about. We kept track of our book’s important words in our reading notebook.

Finally, we remembered that we should think about our topic, use our accuracy strategies, spot and dot, and check out the word ending when we come to a tricky word.

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Mrs. Stadt :)

Reading Update

Before spring break, we spent time working on two very important reading skills: decoding and fluency!

We’ve already learned so much about being a great decoder and how important it is to use many strategies to figure out tricky words.  So, we tried to push ourselves even more as readers by learning a new strategy that taught us how to break apart words into syllables, so we could decode multi-syllable words.  This new strategy had a special name: SPOT & DOT!!!

Before we could try SPOT & DOT we had to develop our understanding of a syllable.  We learned that words can be split apart into syllables and every syllable has its own vowel sound.  (This vowel sound is sometimes made up of a vowel all by itself.  Other times it’s made up of a team of vowels working together.)   Since our SPOT & DOT strategy works with words that contain two or more syllables, we studied several words and tried to predict if they had only one syllable or many syllables.

Next, we were ready to SPOT & DOT.  We followed the steps below:

Screen Shot 2014-04-14 at 8.03.25 PMAfter Step 3, we swooped our fingers under each syllable to read the word.

We tried reading many 2-syllable and 3-syllable words as a class before the kids tried some on their own.  We even used the Educreations app on our ipads to record the multi-syllable words in our books and practice each step of the strategy!  What a blast!!!  I couldn’t believe the incredible words that our class was reading.

After working so hard to read ALL of the words in our books, we focused our attention on fluency.  We chose one book and practiced reading it over and over again.  We worked on scooping our words into longer phrases, paying attention to punctuation, using a storyteller voice, and showing our feelings through our voice and facial expressions!

To show off our amazing reading fluency (and decoding skills), we partnered up with a buddy in Mrs. Woodring’s class to share our story.  The first graders from her class shared a story with us too.  Everyone did an AMAZING job and sounded like such GROWN-UP readers! :)

Mrs. Stadt :)