For the new year we have been collaborating with the 2/3rd grade on our Dr. Seuss year long unit. As part of this team effort, the 2nd and 3rd graders have been showing the Kindergartners and 1st graders how much they can grow as readers in two years. A student from K/1 is paired up with another students in 2 / 3. The older students read their books to the younger students and ask them what the main idea of the story is. The K / 1 students read their guided reading books from their collections to the older students and ask them comprehension questions.
Reading Buddies is such an excellent way for older students to be role-models for the younger students. Reading Buddies is also perfect for the younger students to gain self-esteem in their reading. They are allowed to pick from books they are familiar with and have been reading in reading workshop and can show their peers how much they’ve learned so far!
Now that our Kindergartners have a solid foundation in letter sounds (m, a ,s, t, p, i, g), we have been working on rhyming words and words that belong in the same word family. We’ve been using interactive activities from starfall.com ‘s learn to read section.
Students were provided with magnetic whiteboards and given opportunities to write any -at words that they could remember. As an extension activity students cut and created -at words based on pictures that they saw.