The plan of action is to complete testing this week! Thank you for making sure the students were here and on time for the last few weeks so that we could get a prompt start each day.
I will put their final Fountas & Pinnell level and some Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening information in Friday folders this week. Just to give you a range……first graders work between levels E through J throughout the year. Ending with J is right on target. As I have talked about, reading is very individualized and each student has their own plateau. If your child needs to reinforce over the summer, make sure there is a daily reading time from different sources. (Magazines, books, cartoons, joke series, etc.) This will keep him/her interested. Also there is a great summer workbook series called BRIDGE and it bridges the student from the grade he/she was just in to the new grade level. Try one for practice. 🙂
We continue with contractions this week and begin STOOL STORIES. Each reading group will be given a book to read independently and present in a unique way to the class. Groups will work together to decode and give each other tips on reading with expression. Sound effects and gestures may be used as well to bring the book to life. The students will be given grades according to the presentation. Cooperation among group members will be highly considered. We are working on using only kind words in a calm voice with our friends. Later, after a few rounds…..groups may use props. I was absolutely thrilled with the expression used by many students during testing. Stopping for punctuation still throws some readers a curve, but they do adjust their voices to the text. Great!
We read a book last week that the children loved (as I do) called Punctuation Vacation by Robin Pulver. I wait until this time of year to read it because students have had more experience with types of punctuation. We had a great time reading the selections without punctuation when they take a vacation. I told the students I would give the author and title in the Agenda in case anyone was interested in getting it for your reader for a special occasion.
Two-column addition is going well! This week at some point we will switch to subtraction, which as we have discussed is ALWAYS harder for students. Go figure! Our pink/yellow highlighting technique is helping students to start in the ones column which will be so important next year as “borrowing” is introduced. If you see your child starting to add the tens column, remind him/her to start on the far right with the ones. 🙂
We will study plant growth and development in science. Students will determine edible/nonedible plants, note that plants need air, water, sunlight, and a suitable place to grow, basic parts of a plant, and that plants can be classified on a variety of characteristics. We will try our hand or rather our green thumb at GROWING!
BRAIN BOOSTING BUBBLY~~DELICIOUS AND ENTICING! The questions can be a challenge for this contest, but it is well worth the work! Students have especially enjoyed their tasty beverages on those 90 degree days we had in early May. Some students are working toward their 3rd cup! Listening throughout the year and paying attention has brought reward! How many cups and flavors can you earn by May 31st?
HOMEWORK: ************READ TWO RAZ~KIDS books. Write down the following information………Character(s) names, Setting, then the BME. This is a term we have used throughout the year in reading groups. It refers to the beginning, middle, and end. Summarize what happened in each of these parts of the book with one or two sentences.
Add the total number of letters of each of your family member’s first names. Write it on a small piece of paper and send it with your child by Friday. Example: If a family consisted of Susan, Pete, and Sally, the total number the child would write down would be: 14. Yes, you may include the dog!
For our end of the year dance on June 15th, everyone is asked to wear a light blue shirt. Thank you! We start rehearsals next week!
June 1st is CRAZY HAIR DAY! Let’s have a DRY, SUNNY week!