As a whole class we have been reading non-fiction books that align with the science and social studies curriculum. This month we we have been studying many topics. Recently your child read an informational non-fiction book online entitled Honeybees. While the students were introduced to this new topic with unfamiliar vocabulary, they were also introduced to an innovative strategy to help comprehend their new learning, a K-W-L chart.
A K-W-L chart is an introductory strategy that provides a structure for recalling what students know about a topic, noting what students want to know more about, and finally listing what has been learned and is yet to be learned. The K-W-L strategy allows students to take inventory of what they already know and what they want to know. Students can categorize information about the topic that they expect to use. After reading a section of the non-fiction book Honeybees, the students had many more questions that they wanted answered.
It was awesome! We also had a live in class visit from Mrs. T and many of the questions we had, she was able to answer for us! Everyone was fully engaged and motivated! They were able to complete the L portion of the K-W-L chart. This is a strategy that we will continue to use in the classroom to build on student comprehension.
What we're learning in first grade. Students are also making comments in class! At home add to the posts, too.