Sergeeff's Weekly Literacy Blog! (Nov. 28 - Dec. 2)

posted Nov 27, 2016, 7:00 PM by   [ updated Nov 27, 2016, 7:54 PM by Lisa Griffin ]
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break! :)

I am very excited to return this week and really dive into our new unit. As I mentioned in my last blog, we are centering our attention on fables and folktales for the next month. We will be focusing on our reader's theater scripts this week. Each student will participate in a skit along with their reading group members. The scripts include The Ant & The Grasshopper, The Shepherd Who Cried Wolf, The Fox & The Crow, and The Sun & The Wind. Each of our reading groups will be assigned a story, assigned a specific character, practice their lines, create costumes, design a setting, etc. The scripts are going to be a challenge for the students but I am very confident that with support they will be able to rock it out! With the challenging script, we will discuss important decoding strategies, adding expression/inflection to their voice, and "fluency". 

I have noticed in group that many students tend to believe that if they have read a story there is no need to read it again. I am trying to get to them to understand that this statement is entirely FALSE! It is actually great practice to read something multiple times in order to become a more fluent reader. That being said, I truly believe that by reading and practicing their scripts it will help them to become more fluent readers. The students will receive two copies of their scripts (one will be for in class and one to take home). Please consider working with your child on their script at home. This is something you could use in their nightly reading log as well. 

In writing, we will be discussing narratives. We will talk about what they consist of, analyze examples, brainstorm ideas, and create a plan for our own personal narrative.

As a Spelling Menu this week, the students are required to complete three activities on Spelling City. This will be due on Thursday, December 1st (due to field trip schedule) as well as their Reading Log and Spelling Test. Please feel free to email me if you need their username/password. I know some students have not utilized this site at home yet so I understand if the login information is lost of forgotten. :)

Home Enjoyment
Reading Log - Due: Thursday, 12/1
Spelling City Activities (3): Thursday, 12/1
Spelling Test - Thursday, 12/1
*No Literacy Class on Friday, 12/2*

Dinner Table Talking Points

We know that kids often say they have nothing to talk about when asked about their day at school. Here are a few suggestions to help get them talking about what they learned and experienced this week. Ask your child...

1. To tell you what story and character they are assigned.

2. To tell you what the "moral" of their story is.

3. To tell you what ideas they have for their narrative they are writing.

4. To tell you what their favorite activity is on Spelling City.

5. To read their lines to you.

6. To tell you about their experience seeing "Cinderella" at the Boulder Dinner Theater.