Thank you all for encouraging and supporting your child in Kennedy's at home reading program PAWs to Read. If your child needs additional books for reading at home, I have book bags and books to send home with them at their "just right" reading level. Many children want to bring the books home, but I told them I needed to hear from one of their parents, either through email, Remind, or a note stating you want books sent home. Then, I will send books home in a small book bag and ask that you help ensure the books will be returned when done.
Unit 2's focus is on addition fact power. We’re learning different strategies to help us remember our facts.
We've been working on:
- doubles +1
- doubles +2
- plus 9 strategy
I've included two videos. The first explains the +9 strategy and the second is the Doubles Rap we sing.
Kennedy is in need of donated kids clothes for when children have accidents or spill at lunch. If you have clothes to donate, please bring them to the office. We can always use winter clothes too. Thanks!
Also, if you have any books you every want to donate to our classroom, I would love to add them to our library for kids to read and take home.
Rollerskating is coming in November for Kennedy Cubs in grades 1-5 during Phy. Ed. class. Students must return permission slips in order to participate. These slips were sent home on 10-10-17 in your child's Tuesday Folder.
Have a great week!
Last week, we began learning the six syllable types. We refer to them as, CLOVER.
C = closed syllable - follows a CVC pattern, like mat
L = consonant le - follows the end pattern, ble, in the word ta-ble
O = open syllable - follows a CV pattern, such as cu, in the word cu-pid
V = vowel teams - follows the pattern of 2 vowels next to each other in a word, like the two ee's in speech
E = silent e - follows the pattern CVCe, as in spike
R = r-control - follows the patterns with the sounds: ar, er, ir, ur, and or
Learning these syllable types will help us learn how to read and spell multisyllabic words.
This week, we're being reintroduced to our word recognition strategies, The Beanie Baby Strategies. Each beanie baby represents a strategy readers use when they come to a word they don’t know.
We’re continuing to add reading strategies each day. As we learn a new strategy, it is added to our CAFE menu.
C - comprehension
A - accuracy
F - fluency
E - expand vocabulary
See the reading strategies tab on this website for all our strategies.
This week's focused strategies are: predicting, clarifying, summarizing, and using pictures as we read.
Daily 5 - We're working hard on building our reading and writing stamina. We've successfully mastered 15 minutes for both Read to Self and Work on Writing. Children were introduced to Listen to Reading today.
All children read last week for Paws to Read, thank you for your home participation!
We’re continuing to revisit First Grade math skills and learn math routines. We’re also starting to work with online resources. We've all logged onto IXL and I'll introduce SumDogs next week.
Bus evacuation drill is Wednesday. All children regardless if they ride the bus or not, will go through our 2nd grade bus safety curriculum.
We’re working on generating ideas for our writing by using our “Ideas Notebook.” This notebook is a list of personal stories or fictional stories your child is interested in writing about.
We'll receive our QuickWord Handbook on Wednesday. This is a little dictionary that I can add words to, to help with spelling. This is a valuable resource we’ll use all year. We also add 5 new words to our Word Wall each day to help with a quick reference for spelling.
Have a great week!!
September 14, 2017
It's been a great start to our new year. We've been working on classroom routines along with building a community of active learners.
One routine is Daily 5. Daily 5 is a classroom organization system which allows for student independence during reading. This independence allows me to teach small reading groups. We've started with Read to Self. We established the following rules and have been practicing them daily.
1. Stay in one spot
2. Read the whole time
3. Eyes in your book
4. Get started right away
5. Zero or one voice level
6. Just right books
7. Clean up when done
You might want to use these rules at home too.
Today, we started learning the routine for Work on Writing during Daily 5.
We established rules such as:
1. Write the whole time
2. Write at your desk or tummy write
3. Zero voice level
4. Get started right away
5. Underline words you don't know how to spell
6. If you can't think of something to write, start with a picture.
We practiced for 5 minutes and will increase our stamina each day.
We've been working on learning strategies all good readers use. We've learned that all readers, Check for Understanding. We stop along the way and make sure we understand the story. Good readers also, Cross-Check. If a word doesn't look right or sound right, we must go back and fix it. When we Cross-Check, we say, Does it look right? Does it sound right? Does it make sense? There are arm movements with the strategy. Ask your child to show you. Another strategy is, Tune into Interesting Words. As we read, we're paying special attention to new words and learning what they mean.
We're reviewing First Grade skills such as: money, time, calendar, patterns, and basic facts.
School rules- B.E.S.T.
and Bus Safety next week
Our Weekly Schedule:
Tuesday: Phy. Ed.
Wednesday: Music and return Reading Logs for our weekly checkin
Thursday: Phy. Ed.
Friday: Media (bring your books back to school)
Book orders due September 21st. Our classroom code to order online is: HBBG6