Leap into Literacy
January/February: Grade 1
Reading: Compare and Contrast Fiction and Nonfiction
Highlight the similarities and differences between fiction and nonfiction by reading the winter classic, The Mitten by Jan Brett along with the article, Winter in the Wild by Scholastic News: http://johnsonj.blog.monroe.edu/files/2013/10/winter-in-the-wild-400.pdf All of the animals in The Mitten are also explained in detail with photographs in the article. Create a class graphic organizer comparing what the fiction animals and nonfiction animals do in winter.
Writing: How To Books
Create an anchor chart with your students that lists all of the things first graders might know how to do, complete with pictures for non-readers. Teach them how to use this resource to start writing a new book when you are busy conferencing or teaching another mini-lesson. Keep those little writers writing!
NewsELA: Highlighting Tool
Teach your students how to annotate text using the Highlighting Tool from NewsELA. Students love to be highlighter happy! Give your students a purpose before reading the text to focus highlighting.
TC Writer's Workshop Videos
Still need to see more after Sami Passo's visits? Check out the TC Writer's Workshop Vimeo channel for more model lesson videos.
Basal Alignment Project
The Basal Alignment Project is the work of teachers across the country to create questions, tasks, and directions for the Journey's Reading Program. This set of questions, the vocabulary words selected for discussion with students and the new culminating tasks for each text have been aligned to the ELA CCSS.