Category Archives: literacy

Laura Numeroff Author Study

During the week before spring break, our class did a Laura Numeroff author study. She wrote all the “If You Give…” books.

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We reviewed many reading comprehension skills that we studied earlier in the year.  These included fiction and nonfiction, story elements, retelling, and comparing and contrasting.  The kids loved reading and rereading these books!  Thanks to these little readers for sharing some of their own Laura Numeroff book with the class 🙂

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Rhyming

Rhyming is a fun skill to work on anywhere!  You can play rhyming games in the car or at the grocery or just on a walk.  We learned about how when words rhyme they sound the same at the end.  There are two skills your child should master with rhyming.  The first is to be able to recognize if words rhyme.  So if you say, “Do hat and cat rhyme?” or “Do cat and dog rhyme?”  Your child should be able to answer that question correctly.  The other part of rhyming that they should be able to do independently is producing rhyming words.  For example, “Tell me some words that rhyme with log.”  They should be able to respond with, “frog, dog, jog”.  Here are some great and fun rhyming games they can play on the computer at home: http://pbskids.org/games/rhyming/  Happy Rhyming!!!

Types of Texts

We are moving right along in literacy!  I can hardly keep you up to date on all that we are learning.  We finished our unit on different types of texts.  Your child should be able to identify texts that are fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.  We started our unit by telling whether things were real or make-believe.  Here are some of our ideas:

As you are reading with your child, have them tell you whether the book is fiction or nonfiction.  Encourage them to use this terminology instead of real, fake, make-believe, etc.

We also learned that nonfiction tells us information or facts.  Here are some facts we learned about insects:

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Finally, we learned about poetry and how it is different from other texts that we read.  We even wrote our own poems about bugs!

We loved learning about insects and different types of texts!

Parts of a Book

We have been working hard on learning the parts of a book.  We are wrapping up this unit tomorrow.  Your child should be able to:

  • Identify the front cover, back cover, and title page
  • Find the title, author’s name, illustrator’s name on the front cover and title page
  • Tell that an author writes the words in a book
  • Tell that an illustrator makes the art in a book
  • Predict what a book will be about by looking at the title and front cover
  • Find a table of contents in an informational book

We have done all kinds of activities to practice these skills and the kids are getting really good at naming the parts.  Sometimes we are still mixing up author and illustrator 😉  During our lesson yesterday, I had book titles and they had to create the cover art for the book.  Here is what we came up with.

Dog’s Are Great Pets!

Transportation

As you are reading with your child, make discussing these a part of your routine.  Ask them questions like…

  • Can you find the title on the front cover?
  • Bill Martin Jr. is the author of this book.  What does an author do?
  • Can you find the title page?  What do you see on this page?
  • The title of this book is Let’s Play Soccer.  Before we read it, what do you think the book will be about?

We are going to begin studying different types of texts in the next week!

Book Boxes

Who has started a book box at home to keep all their books from school in?  This is a great way to have books to reread and build fluency.  Repeated reading is SO important to emergent readers!  Here are just a few of the benefits…

  • Builds fluency
  • Helps with sight word recognition
  • Increases confidence
  • Improves comprehension

If you all have started a book box at home, send me a picture of your child and their box!  I will add them all to this post.  THANKS!

Ava's Book Box

Carter's Book Box

Aidan's Book Box

Sam's Book Box

Joseph's Book Box

Keenan's Book Box

Trae's Book Box

Let’s Find Out

Let's Find Out

On Friday, we did our first Scholastic News magazine.  The magazine is called Let’s Find Out.  This is a great magazine that is focused on reading skills appropriate for kindergarten students.  These would be great to save and add to your book collection with your child’s homework books for rereading.  There is also an online game that we usually don’t have time to play in class that you can access at home.  The website is always printed in the top right hand corner of the magazine.  It is www.scholastic.com/lfo.  By the way, if you haven’t sent in your money for the magazine please do so ASAP!!!

Color Words

We are working on reading and spelling color words!  Last week, we read Freight Train by Donald Crews and then made a color train for our classroom to use as a reference for writing color words.

Freight Traincolor train

We also read another Pete book that is full of color words- Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes.  This was definitely another class favorite!  We are making a class book about Pete and his shoes.  Here is a sneak peek of a few pages…

Today we read Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? and everyone got to make their own version of the book.  Make sure they read the book they made to you!  We will continue working on color words this week and start new skills on Monday.  Hope everyone is practicing their color word flashcards at home 🙂