Students are engaged in their second unit of study, a mini unit, working on their word solving skills. Students are making a movie in their mind to picture what is happening, using what’s happening in the story to figure out tricky words, using words they know to solve bigger and longer words, using vowel teams to read words, and checking for snap words.
“What can I do at home?”
At home, ask your child questions about their independent reading book. Children should be reading for at least 20 minutes each night. If your child is trying to figure out a tricky word while reading, encourage them to think about what would make sense in the story and to look for parts they know. Ask them to tell you what is happening in their story, ask them to tell you about the beginning, middle and end of the story, and ask them to predict what may happen next.
What it looks like
Below you will see kids from class 2-301 engaged in reading workshop. Small groups of students are reading in special spots with children who are working on similar reading skills. Some students are reading independently and some are buddy reading with a partner. Some children are even sharing books with others in their groups. As children come across a tricky word, they are trying different strategies to solve the word. You will also find charts featured in the classroom for students to refer to and learn from.