Sergeeff's Weekly Literacy Blog! (Sept. 19-23)

posted Sep 18, 2016, 5:55 PM by   [ updated Sep 19, 2016, 5:53 AM by Lisa Griffin ]
This week we will continue our author study on David Shannon. Our class has enjoyed watching and giggling over David getting into as much mischief as possible! Our next read aloud will be, "David Gets In Trouble". For this book, we will continue focusing on inferences, retelling a story (using the beginning, middle, and end), and comparing and contrasting. I am also hoping to encounter a new character this week by reading "Alice The Fairy". We will be able to focus on exploring our imaginations and discussing real vs. make-believe. 

We will also practice lengthening our reading stamina during "Read to Self" this week. Last week's record was almost seven minutes. Our goal is to get to fifteen minutes by the end of this week! I think we can do it!! :)

As some of you noticed, your son/daughter has their very first spelling list placed in their planner. Their first spelling test will not be until Friday, September 30th. This gives us two whole weeks to practice studying, sorting words, and introducing our spelling menu. I will not hand out their spelling menu until next week and it will not be due until the day of the test. I will be using this week to go over it in class so that the students are aware of how it works before sending it home. You should however see your child's spelling sorts come home this week in a sandwich bag. It is not mandatory but encouraged that your child practices sorting their spelling words at home. We have lots of work to do with our new lists this week! That being said, we will be introducing another Daily 5 station ("Word Work").

During writing time, we will be practicing writing in complete sentences with the proper punctuation. The four different types of sentences we will be using are statements, commands, exclamations, and questions. 

Home Enjoyment
Reading Log - Due: Friday, 9/23
Practice sorting spelling words - Test: Friday, 9/30

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 retell a story for you using beginning, middle, and end.

2. To compare and contrast an apple and an orange.

3. To show you how to sort their spelling words.

4. To tell you about Alice in "Alice The Fairy".

5. To tell you what their favorite David Shannon book is so far.