Here's what's going on for the month of March!
We've kicked off the month celebrating Dr. Seuss. We had everything from Mystery Readers to counting red fish and blue fish to making Oobleck! It was a very fun week!
Week of March 7th: No word study
Week of March 13th: Long o--"oa" and o with the silent e
Week of March 20th: No word study
We will be working on Unit 10, which focuses on the vowel teams: oa, oe, ow, ou, oo, ue, ew, au, & aw. The trick words for this unit are: any, many, how, now, down, out, about, our
Math: This month we will be finishing Module 4. The last two topics are word problems with addition and subtraction within 20 and our last topic will be working on addition of two-digit numbers. We will take the end of module assessment right before the end of spring break! This module the students have been breaking into groups. We do 3 rotations within those groups. The 3 rotations teacher, paper, and math games/computer. This rotation has been working well. Some groups, I reteach the lesson or I am enriching the lesson.
Writing: We are underway in our realistic fiction writing unit. The biggest idea we are working on his making sure our character gets into trouble, and by the end of the story our character needs to have solved the trouble. Along the way, we set goals about our writing, use the word wall, have a punctuation party and make sure our readers understand our story.
Reading: Our unit is called "Meeting Characters and Learning Lessons" The students are learning that fiction books are full of adventures. We started off the unit reviewing how to take a sneak peek and using the cover to help us figure out the characters and setting. Then we use that knowledge to help us make good predictions before reading the book. After that we start to read the book. I am focusing on ALL of us to read a little, close the book, and to retell yourself what is happening! Then open the book and start reading again. Retelling is the hardest part of our benchmarking. Not only do I ask them questions that come straight from the book, but I will ask them "beyond the text" questions, where they might give me their opinion or tell me why but they have to support it with something from the book!
Read a fiction book with your child then use these to help with a discussion about the book:
- "I think.....because...
- I wonder...because
- Why do you think that?"
- This part is really....
- How does the character feel, why?
I spent a few days doing some reading level benchmarking the last two weeks. I will be benchmarking everyone again before April 15th. By April 15th, I have to show data that my students have met their 7 months of reading growth. If time allows at the end of the year, I will benchmark again to see what level they ended at for first grade. Our goal is I/J for the end of first grade.