Title 1 Reading

February

What's New in Title 1

The second semester is upon us, and we could not be any more excited to begin the second half of the school year with your children! After our mid-year assessments, we have the opportunity to switch some of our groupings. Your children are grouped with other students who are independent on the same level; thus being instructed and challenged in the same areas. This data is represented on your child's Title 1 Reading Progress Report (to be found with their report card). Please be reminded, the data shown and comments given are based on the student's performance in Title 1 only, not of the classroom. Please continue to use our email and phone number to contact us should you have any questions or concerns.

Author of the Month - Eric Carle

Born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929, Eric Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old; he was educated there, and graduated from a prestigious art school, in Stuttgart. But his dream was always to return to America, the land of his happiest childhood memories. So, in 1952, with a fine portfolio in hand and forty dollars in his pocket, he arrived in New York. Soon he found a job as a graphic designer in the promotion department of The New York Times. Later, he was the art director of an advertising agency for many years. Eric Carle's first illustration job was a picture of a red lobster for an advertisement. Eric Carle’s art is distinctive and instantly recognizable. His art work is created in collage technique, using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images.





At-home Activities

Expanding the depth of novels

You will find many books include a theme or lesson which is revealed as you read. As you read with your child, ask them to describe the character trait and go above their answer of "they are nice", "they are mean", etc. Below are some themes and traits you will find in your books.

Acceptance - characters who respect and accept others' differences and beliefs

Courage - characters who have the strength to overcome a fear or accept a risk

Perseverance - characters who never give up when facing difficult times

Cooperation - working together to solve a problem or achieve a goal

Compassion - characters who want to make those suffering feel better

Honesty - characters who find that it is best to always tell the truth

Kindness - characters ho are generous and considerate of others

Loyalty - characters who trust each other and never turn their backs on friends



Building Vocabulary

Playing board games is a fun way to build a child's vocabulary. Scrabble, Password, Pictionary, Scattergories, Taboo, Boggle, and Balderdash are all great for vocabulary development.

If you are looking for a new twist on an old game try adding some extra challenge!

Scrabble: Have each player use a predetermined number of tiles for each turn

Pictionary: Draw words related to the subject instead of the word clue - this will help your child focus on the definitions!

Contact Information

Please contact Mrs. KcKenney or Mrs. Ehrmann if you have any questions or concerns.

kmckenney@palisadessd.org or sehrmann@palisadessd.org