Language Science Class

December News

From Lisa Roden, Heritage Elementary Dyslexia Interventionist

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Listening Activity

Students recently enjoyed a "Draw-a-Rhyme" listening activity. Listening to specific details regarding color, shape, and design, each student drew an elf. Here is the poem:

When making an elf it is said,
always start with his big round head.

The North Pole is so cold it will give you a sting and a zap,
so on top of his head put a long green stocking cap.

If you look closely you can usually tell,
at the very end of the cap tip there is a jingle bell.

When people laugh he wants to hear,
so on each side of his head give him a great big pointed ear.

Make it real messy cuz elves don't care,
around his cap, give him brown curly hair.

Now make him look very wise,
by giving him two wide-open eyes.

And yes, of course, everyone knows,
to give him a big, fat, rounded nose.

Now make a line as long as mile,
and turn it into a great big smile.

Look at his clothes, the green elf coat he's in,
it has a red and white polka-dot collar under his chin.

He has two hands covered with mittens, hand-made by Ted,
and both mittens are red.

To protect his legs from stinging cold bites,
he wears read and white striped tights.

At the very bottom of his complete elf suit,
he wears on each foot a long and pointy black elf boot.

Now if you listened and did everything right,
your little elf is a funny sight!

What we are learning now...

Second Grade
We are working hard and learning MTA Kit 1 Reading and Spelling concepts. Students have learned cursive letters i, t, p, n, s. All of our reading and spelling words use these five letters for now. We will be adding a new letter or sound every week. Our goal is always mastery level of 90 to 100% accuracy. Our second graders are rising to the challenge!

Third Grade
Third graders are working in MTA Kit 2 Reading and Spelling. We've added digraph oo, as in the word book. Ask your student about decoding two syllable words using the VC|CV pattern. Spelling is getting far we have three ways to spell the /k/ sound! Initial and medial /k/ is spelled with a k when followed by vowels i or e and it's spelled with a c when followed by vowels a, o, u or any consonant.

Fourth Grade
Working in MTA Kit 3 Reading and Spelling, 4th graders are becoming masters at recognizing syllable patterns. When a word has more than one syllable, we first look for a suffix, then special coding, and vowels. Ask your student the difference between the VC|CV pattern and a final stable syllable pattern. What's the difference in coding?

Fifth Grade
We are at the end of Kit 4 reading skills but will continue to master these concepts while applying the skills to spelling. Spelling is always more difficult than reading and we have all of the skills, from Kit 1 to 4, to understand and apply. Our goal is to pass the Kit 4 Reading Mastery Check before Christmas break so we can begin Kit 5 reading skills in January.

For everyone...
The video below explains why we spend so much time on decoding and recognizing spelling patterns. Advancements in brain research have helped explain how a dyslexic brain functions. The more we know, the better we can help our students!
What is dyslexia? - Kelli Sandman-Hurley

Lisa Roden, M.Ed. Reading

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