Mrs. Franklin's Fabulous Firsties
September 25, 2015
What Have We Been Up To?
In Phonics, we have focused on the short vowels /a/ and /i/. In class, we talked about how the vowels are like the "glue" that stick the consonants together. Continue to work with your child on sound blending words with the short vowel sounds such as /b/ /i/ /g/ says "big". Another activity to do is to play lots of rhyming games with the children. For example, say "If I change the /b/ in big to a /d/ what is the new word?" These skills lay the foundation for reading.
In reading, we continued our unit of study on fiction books. Our essential question, "What makes a good story?" is discussed each day. Students are learning about character traits, how to analyze the setting of a story, how to determine the main problem and the solution in a story and how to retell the entire story including the most important details. We've read Nat and Sam, Big Al and Shrimpy and Alicia's Happy Day. In addition, we've worked on identifying and describing the central message (or the lesson learned) from the story. We talked about how the lesson is what "sticks" with the character and with the reader. Ask your child about his or her favorite story.
Retelling a story
Students used a hopscotch board to retell the characters, setting, and events in Big Al and Shrimpy.
Big Al and Shrimpy
Students use transition words such as first, next, then, and finally.
Students listen carefully as their classmate retells the important details.
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