Sunday, October 16, 2016

Visualizing and Poetry

This week we learned that when we read we visualize what is happening in the story. We make a movie in our minds.  This helps us remember,  understand, and connect to what we read. We practiced this with our special "visualizing tubes."

I also read aloud a story and a few poems so the students could practice visualizing. They drew their mental images and compared them to the real pictures in the book.  They did great with this!

During stations, we now have Raz-Kids up and running. Everyone gets a chance to get on Raz-Kids to read and complete a comprehension activity.  You can do this at home too! Click the link below. Usernames and passwords were sent home in daily folders, but let me know if you need it again.

In writing, we are working on writing our own poems.  The kids are writing some AMAZING poems!  I'm so impressed with their writing.  We decided that we need to make our very own poetry book when we are finished fixing up our poems.  Look for our poetry book coming soon! 

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Character Traits and Figurative Language

This week we read a lot of fiction stories and studied the characters to see what traits described them. We learned to pay attention to what the character says and does to learn more about their traits.
The students created character traits trading cards for familiar characters that we had previously read about.  We then played a matching game with our character trait cards!

In writing we are getting ready to write some poetry!  Before we could write some really great poems, we learned about the figurative language we could use in our poems.

Watch this video below for a review of what we learned in class!

Check out this fun video that shows some examples of figurative language from popular movies!

Friday, September 30, 2016

More Fun With Inferring

We are continuing to work on inferring the meaning of text and unknown words in class.  We had some fun this week making inferences about pictures and mystery animals!  We also read some animal poems and looked carefully for clues so we could infer what animal the poem was about.  Ask your child about this!

Another fun game was reading clues and looking at pictures. The students had to make  inferences about what they read and check their answers by using the iPads to scan a QR code!

In writing, we learned how to revise and edit our stories.  It was fun to work with an "editor" to make our writing better.

It was a fun week!

Thursday, September 22, 2016


We have been working on making inferences when we read for a couple weeks now.  We learned that we need to use our schema and text evidence to make a good inference.

Check out the fun video below to see Kermit the Frog and Cookie Monster play a mystery box inferring game! :)

Word Sorts and Writing!

We have been working hard on sorting words according to their word family.  Every Monday, the kids get a word sort that is a "good-fit" for them.  They cut out the words and sort them according to the word patterns they have.  The students practice reading and sorting their words every day and on Fridays they glue them down and we check their progress.

We have also been working on writing personal narratives or small moments about our lives.  We learned how to add transition words to put our story in order and make it more interesting.

We have some hard workers in this class!

Friday, September 16, 2016

International Dot Day!

September 15th was International Dot Day!  This special day correlates to the book The Dot.  We read this book in class and then made our own dots on a special paper. We use the Quiver app to make our dots come to life. 3D!  It's really cool!  If you want to do this at home, the app is free. You can visit their website to download a few free pages and then use the free app!

Visit their website here to download some free pages to use with the app!

We also created our own large "dots" for our Dot Day tree!

Click below to see the author of The Dot read aloud to you!

Here's The Dot song!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Our First Two Weeks

We are already very busy in class and working so hard.  Here is what we have been doing...

Practicing Metacognition: Thinking about our thinking when we're reading!

Playing some word games to study our words for the week!

We learned how to find good-fit books and how to read with a partner.

We also learned how to use our ActivExpressions to practice words and text in answers about our picture of the day. This was fun!

This week were studying genres and we took some time to sort some real books into the correct genres! They did great!