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Mrs. Walls' Literacy Blog (Week of 5.20.19)

posted May 17, 2019, 12:17 PM by Melanie Walls

Mrs. Walls' Literacy Blog (Week of 5.20.19)


Our last two days of Literacy for the school year will be on Monday and Tuesday of this week.  We will wrap up the school year by writing some words of wisdom for the incoming Kindergarten students and writing letters to next year's teachers.

On Wednesday, your child will be bringing home their white weekly folder.  Inside of their white folder you will find their purple homework folder.  Within the homework folder are a few different resources for your use at home over the summer.  At this developmental level, it is ESSENTIAL that your child keeps reading over the summer or many of their newly learned skills will be lost.  Most students have just started to read fluently and are able to comprehend the text on their own.  10 weeks of summer is a long time to go without practicing.  I have included resources for recommended book series, some fun summer writing prompts, and iReady login information.  The iReady lessons are unique to each student and individualized based on their own test results.  I highly recommend having your child complete one lesson per day!

I am so proud of all the hard work your students put in over the school year.  I feel confident they will continue to be successful in 2nd grade!

Mrs. Walls' Literacy Blog (Week of 5.20.19)

posted May 17, 2019, 12:16 PM by Melanie Walls

Mrs. Walls' Literacy Blog (Week of 5.20.19)


Our last two days of Literacy for the school year will be on Monday and Tuesday of this week.  We will wrap up the school year by writing some words of wisdom for the incoming Kindergarten students and writing letters to next year's teachers.

On Wednesday, your child will be bringing home their white weekly folder.  Inside of their white folder you will find their purple homework folder.  Within the homework folder are a few different resources for your use at home over the summer.  At this developmental level, it is ESSENTIAL that your child keeps reading over the summer or many of their newly learned skills will be lost.  Most students have just started to read fluently and are able to comprehend the text on their own.  10 weeks of summer is a long time to go without practicing.  I have included resources for recommended book series, some fun summer writing prompts, and iReady login information.  The iReady lessons are unique to each student and individualized based on their own test results.  I highly recommend having your child complete one lesson per day!

I am so proud of all the hard work your students put in over the school year.  I feel confident they will continue to be successful in 2nd grade!

Mrs. Walls' Literacy Blog (Week of 5.13.19)

posted May 10, 2019, 11:07 AM by Melanie Walls

Mrs. Walls' Literacy Blog (Week of 5.13.19)


Reading-
In reading this week, students will read a poetry book, My Stars, to begin identifying important elements of poetry such a rhyme and descriptive and expressive language. This book provides a good cross-curricular connection to our recent space unit. Students will also participate in small reading groups to work on more individualized needs (decoding, comprehension, etc.).

Writing-
In writing this week, students will begin learning about writing friendly letters including an opening, date, and closing.

Phonics-
This week, students will learn the "ew" sound.

Grammar-
Students will review review nouns and verbs, question marks, and making words past tense with "ed."

Homework-
Weekly Reading Homework (assigned Monday, 5/13...due Friday, 5/17)
This will be the LAST reading log of the school year!

Mrs. Walls' Literacy Blog (Week of 5.6.19)

posted May 3, 2019, 6:18 AM by Melanie Walls

Mrs. Walls' Literacy Blog (Week of 5.6.19)


Reading-
In reading this week, students will read a poetry book, My Stars, to begin identifying important elements of poetry such a rhyme and descriptive and expressive language. This book provides a good cross-curricular connection to our recent space unit. Students will also read the decodable book Joan's Goats and Moe's Crows to practice the long -o sounds.

Writing-
In writing this week, students will publish their research reports on an animal.

Phonics-
No new sounds due to the short week.

Grammar-
Students will review all the different times that they should use a capital letter.

Homework-
No homework due to the short week.

Mrs. Walls' Literacy Blog (Week of 4.29.19)

posted Apr 26, 2019, 6:17 AM by Melanie Walls

Mrs. Walls' Literacy Blog (Week of 4.29.19)


Reading-
In reading this week, students will read a poetry book, My Stars, to begin identifying important elements of poetry such a rhyme and descriptive and expressive language. This book provides a good cross-curricular connection to our recent space unit. Students will also read the decodable book Joan's Goats and Moe's Crows to practice the long -o sounds.

Writing-
In writing this week, students will begin writing a rough draft of the animal they researched using their outlines.

Phonics-
This week, students will learn the "oe" sound.

Grammar-
This week, students will continue learning about correct capitalization within a sentence by capitalizing months, holidays, and names of places.  They will also practice writing the date correctly (month day, year).

Homework-
Weekly Reading Homework (assigned Monday, 4/29...due Friday, 5/3)

Mrs. Walls' Literacy Blog (Week of 4.22.19)

posted Apr 19, 2019, 6:28 AM by Melanie Walls

Mrs. Walls' Literacy Blog (Week of 4.22.19)


Reading-
In reading this week, students will read a poetry book, My Stars, to begin identifying important elements of poetry such a rhyme and descriptive and expressive language. This book provides a good cross-curricular connection to our recent space unit.

Writing-
In writing this week, students will create an informal outline for their upcoming research reports on an assigned animal.

Phonics-
This week, students will learn the "au" and "aw" sounds.

Grammar-
This week, students will be focusing on using correct capitalization in their writing including at the beginning of a sentence, to begin first and last names, I, and days of the week.

Homework-
Weekly Reading Homework (assigned Monday, 4/22...due Thursday, 4/25)

Mrs. Walls' Literacy Blog (Week of 4.15.19)

posted Apr 12, 2019, 7:06 AM by Melanie Walls

Mrs. Walls' Literacy Blog (Week of 4.15.19)


Reading-
In reading this week, students will participate in small reading groups to focus on group specific needs and compare and contrast two different elements from the same text.

Writing-
In writing this week, students will work to organize their research by sorting notecards into categories and color-coding them.

Phonics-
This week, students will learn the "ir" sound.

Handwriting-
I will assess students end-of-year handwriting and send home results as soon as possible.  For students who are not meeting the end-of-year 1st grade benchmark, I will also send home some additional practice pages that can be worked on for the remainder of the school year and throughout the summer.  

During our regularly scheduled handwriting time (starting next week), we will be focusing on different grammar skills for the remainder of the school year.  

Homework-
Weekly Reading Homework (assigned Monday, 4/15...due Thursday, 4/18)

Mrs. Walls' Literacy Blog (Week of 4.8.19)

posted Apr 5, 2019, 6:22 AM by Melanie Walls

Mrs. Walls' Literacy Blog (Week of 4.8.19)


Reading-
In reading this week, students will learn to identify the point of view of a character in the story and use clues from the text to identify the narrator.

Writing-
In writing this week, students will continue their research on an assigned animal. Students will practice gathering information from different sources on notecards including a National Geographic leveled reader and an online kid-friendly search engine called PebbleGo.

Phonics-
This week, students will learn the "kn" sound.

Handwriting-
For handwriting instruction this week, students will practice their best handwriting with syllables, indentations, prepositional phrases, and sentence building.  This will be our last week of formal handwriting instruction for the year.  I will assess students end-of-year handwriting next week and send home results as soon as possible.  For students who are not meeting the end-of-year 1st grade benchmark, I will also send home some additional practice pages that can be worked on for the remainder of the school year and throughout the summer.  

During our regularly scheduled handwriting time, we will be focusing on different grammar skills for the remainder of the school year.

Homework-
Weekly Reading Homework (assigned Monday, 4/8...due Friday, 4/12)

Mrs. Walls' Literacy Blog (Week of 4.1.19)

posted Mar 22, 2019, 6:35 AM by Melanie Walls

Mrs. Walls' Literacy Blog (Week of 4.1.19)


Reading-
In reading this week, students will review facts and opinions as we begin completing a research project about animals.

Writing-
In writing this week, students will begin researching an animal of their choice to write an informational piece on. They will start by developing questions and then using multiple sources for researching.

Phonics-
This week, students will learn the "ou" and"ow" sounds and will practice with the decodable book The Clown Who Lost Her Smile.

Handwriting-
For handwriting instruction this week, students will practice their best handwriting with abbreviations, capitalization, homophones, and money.

Homework-
Weekly Reading Homework (assigned Tuesday, 4/2...due Friday, 4/5)

Mrs. Walls' Literacy Blog (Week of 3.18.19)

posted Mar 15, 2019, 9:49 AM by Melanie Walls

Mrs. Walls' Literacy Blog (Week of 3.18.19)


Reading-
In reading this week, students will work to identify examples of cause and effect in various texts. They will look for text evidence and clue words such as "so" and "because."

Writing-
In writing this week, students will work on forming questions and answers and writing in complete sentences to describe the events of their weekends.

Phonics-
This week, students will learn the "oo" sound when it sound as in the word moon or the word book.

Handwriting-
For handwriting instruction this week, students will practice their handwriting skills in a poem and continue practicing paragraph indentation.

Homework-
Weekly Reading Homework (assigned Monday, 3/18...due Friday, 3/22)

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