Peter, Ondine, Lauren M., and Emilie reviewed this Eric Carle book:
And now and flower and scout. Noticing any patterns?
Each week, Word Study instruction in Room 123 focuses on a different vowel sound. This week, we are learning more about the /ow/ sound.
Students are introduced to the target sound through a word sort. During a sort, students use the known words in their word banks to discover the spelling patterns associated with the sound. Here’s what a sort looks like:
Taking skills and strategies learned in one area and applying them in another is challenging. Lots of practice is needed to achieve this transfer of learning. That’s what students in Room 123 were doing this week.
First grade readers have begun learning to organize important pieces of information on a topic into a coherent whole. This week, they applied this strategy during science. Students first reviewed their notes on mealworms, which they have taken over the last month. Then, they worked in pairs to summarize their learning on posters.
Take a look as students practice this important strategy:
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Readers in Room 123 know that you have to think about important information as you read–that’s the velcro that helps the reader understand and remember new facts.
When they’ve finished a text, though, thoughtful readers take their thinking one step further. They organize the important information into a coherent whole so they can understand the big picture.
That’s what first graders did this week as they learned about reptiles. During reading, they noted and thought about important information. (This week, I was the scribe and compiled their thinking.) After reading, they worked in groups to organize that information. Each group accomplished this task a little differently, but effectively. When they were finished, we discussed what worked well for their group; some of their comments are included in the slideshow below.
Take a look at their thinking:
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Scientists in Room 123 have been busy observing mealworms!
Readers in Room 123 have been thinking about a big question: how can I be the best I can be? To help answer this question, they read several fiction books.
They used a number of strategies before, during, and even after reading to help them understand these books.
By taking their thinking deeper, first grade readers identified important themes from these texts. They also thought about when they might need to consider these themes in their own lives!
First grade mathematicians are using our monthly tooth tallies to explore probability. Students were asked if it is probable that the class will lose more teeth this month than last month. Before making their predictions, students discussed what information would help them decide. Then, each student made a prediction. Take a look at their thinking:
We will revisit these predictions near the middle and again near the end of the month to see if our predictions change. Watch for updates!
In Room 123, we call the frequently-used words that readers need to be able to read quickly and accurately “snap words.” These are the words “you have to be able to read in a snap.”
First grade students use flashcards to practice reading a growing list of snap words each week. Sometimes students read the words in whisper voices, sometimes in deep voices, sometimes in sleepy voices. But their favorite way to practice them is to sing the snap words to the tune of the Alphabet Song: