The students have learned all 5 parts of Daily 5: read to self, read to someone, work on writing, word work, and listening to reading. Each day, students read to themselves for 20 minutes using books they’ve picked themselves that are “good fits”. Then, they get to pick one of the Daily 5 choices to work on for the day. The students are focusing and working (and even learning too!) This is a favorite time here in first grade! The students all look forward to Daily 5! Here are some pictures of us in action!
We are still learning about how to become better readers and writers. One of the ways to do this is to work with words. We call this “word work”. It is part of the Daily 5 reading program. The students get to practice writing words, working with words, and spelling words which all help them with reading and writing skills. One of their favorite word work games is play-doh spelling. They pick a laminated piece of paper that has a word written on it and use play-doh to spell the letters. It’s very fun and engaging! Enjoy some of the pictures of students doing word work!
We are learning more about reading by learning how to read to someone! Students are building their stamina and reading to someone everyday! They practice how to sit, how to take turns, and how to listen. Of course they are also practicing how to read as well! This is such an important skill for them. Part of their homework is the reading calendar. They are expected to read every night, but only on certain days they read, they need to fill out one of the “Character Cash” (graphic organizer) worksheets. You can fill them out according to the days listed on the calendar. Don’t worry about coloring in a map. We will do that part here at school. Your student will turn in these at the end of the month. I will keep track of who is completing them, and students will receive prizes monthly, quarterly, and at the end of the year based on how many they complete. Here are some pictures of students reading to someone!
We are practicing our Daily 5 Read to self each and every day here in first grade! The students have learned how to pick books that are good fits for them and are reading to themselves for 13 minutes! Encourage your child to read at home to themselves! See if they can tell you any of the read to self expectations. Learning to read is the main goal of first grade. You can help at home by making sure they read every night and practicing the R.I.O.T. words in the homework packets.