Room 107 News March 25
Our next unit of study in reading is Shared and Performance Reading. This unit is aimed at building oral fluency. Fluency is the ability to read a text accurately, at an appropriate and with expression reflective of the meaning. Fluency is directly related to comprehension. . . Performance reading (shared reading, choral reading, readers’ theater) provides readers with an engaging reason for repeated readings as they develop “expression, voice, and characterization.” Key fluency skills are intonation, pacing, and phrasing.
Students will be bringing home a larger variety of books home now. They will choose books without level indicators as well as an old favorite each week in addition to levelled texts.
Some reading groups are starting literature circles. Students have a "job" each day that they do after reading a book or chapter in a book. They come prepared to share their thinking and ideas with their group. This has been challenging work.
Science and Math
In math, we have started a unit of study on patterns. Our class will continue our study of numeracy and problem solving skills. If skip counting was a challenge at your conference, please practice this skill at home.
Reading at Home
- Home reading should happen at least 4-6 nights per week. Remember this is the only homework in first grade
- Your child should bring home 3 book each night from school and should read these books for 10-20 minutes. A large portion of this reading should be done orally. It's OK for your child to read other books. The majority of the books in your child's book bag will be at their independent level, which means they can read the text with out any struggles and should be able to retell and discuss the text with ease.
- You can partner read with your child in one of the following ways:
finish the last word
reader's theatre (they know it as read like a pro)
- Discussion about what's been read during this time is essential. Comprehending is more importuning that simply decoding the text!
- Here are some examples of generic questions you can ask your child:
Only pick a few that apply to the specific text they've read.