In our reading program we’ve been learning about the weather and seasons. As we work towards becoming independent readers we’ve begun to read decodable books that focus on the skills we’ve been learning during our phonics time.
Our book this week focused on different types of weather found in spring called “What Is It?”. Our students first spent time practicing the book during the “read to others” portion of the day, and then got the option to practice independently reading the story.
We then discussed the story and the main character, Lin. Students discussed what type of weather Lin liked, and what weather Lin didn’t like. They used their inferencing skills to use the pictures to help them come to their conclusions. Then students illustrated their findings showing which weather Lin liked and did not like.
As part of our Daily 5 routines that we’ve implemented we’ve been putting extra emphasis on word work. We have been building words using onset and rime, reading our decodable books, finding our sight words and writing them on sticky notes. We’ve also been building high frequency word sentences by sight word fish!
As part of our new reading program I have been trying to incorporate a new routine that seems to be working with creating more independent learners and is student driven. This routine is called The Daily 5. Everyday during our reading workshop block I try to structure our activities around these 5 basic routines.
- Read to Self
- Read to Someone
- Work on Writing
- Listen to Reading
- Word Work
During our whole group time we read the story Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes By Eric Litwin.
Then students practiced reading accompanying color books from our reading program and Reading A-Z based on the leveled readers in. Students are able to independently these books because they have had practice reading these books before and they are on their level. Shown below are pictures of read to someone.
For work on writing they wrote and drew a picture about their favorite color using displayed color words at a center. As a class we created a bar graph.