Dear First Grade Families,
What a GREAT WEEK BACK from April Break! I enjoyed the buzz around our classroom Monday morning as each of the students shared their exciting moments, as well as stories from their vacations and family events! We started our week out reviewing our “Classroom Promise” we created our first week together as first graders. Each of the students took a moment to reflect on something they have been great at doing as a first grader, as well as a promise they want to work more on. This week students have been working hard at their promises!
During our classroom instruction time, students have been thinking deeper within their stories. Yesterday, students completed the second bend of their reading unit about how readers have big jobs to do: Fluency, Phonics, and Comprehension. The second bend focused on fluency and phonics, and each student has been working on decoding tricky words and using their reading tools to do this. Today students were fully engaged in their newest reading bend. Our lesson, focused on how they will use their reading tools to help them to UNDERSTAND their books. They will be learning a lot about how to comprehend all that they are reading in their stories, by actively engaging with their partners through talking, as well as asking and answering questions.
The outcomes of this lesson and student learning are how readers will be adding more tools to understand their books. The focus on the teaching shifts back to meaning (where as in bend two was decoding and solving harder words using more of our strategies: complex spelling patterns, multisyllabic words). First grade readers will be able to understand that all the work they have been doing to become a stronger reader at solving words serves a bigger purpose-to help them better understand their books! The primary goal in this bend is for the students to monitor for meaning and deeper understanding. Today and the upcoming week, students will not only be figuring out the words, one of their jobs as a reader. BUT how readers actually have a way bigger and more important job to do. Readers must always- every time they read- work hard to understand their books! Next week they will practice this strategy at home with you in their nightly reading! And by the end of this next bend, students will be able to understand their books, by monitoring for understanding, or rereading to figure out how everything fits together!
What we're learning in first grade. Students are also making comments in class! At home add to the posts, too.