Mrs. Asher's First Grade News
Week of May 2, 2016
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* The kids have learned a lot this year about how to "warm up" to nonfiction books. This simply means they want to do some things to get to know the book before reading which will improve their comprehension. When presented with nonfiction texts students learned this week the importance of activating their schema. They learned schema means what they already know. For instance, when presented with a book about lions they should think about what they already know about lions then there brain is already focused on the topic of the book and they can use their background knowledge to help them understand the text. We also reviewed that after we activate our schema we should do a picture walk and if the book has headings do a heading walk and read the headings to help your brain know and prepare for what they may learn about. At home before your child reads a book encourage him or her to activate their schema and ask "What do you already know?". Then, have them do picture walks to get know the book and predict what it may be about. This can be done with both fiction and nonfiction texts.