In our classroom, we do a lot of reading. We read to ourselves, we read all together and we listen to good readers read. We also read to our friends. This is what that looked like today.
As past of our senses studies, the children tried “reading” Braille to see what it is like to loose your sense of sight.
Playing “Guess My Number” with friends from our own classroom instead of someone far away.
And reading our new book from the TD Bank and the Children’s book Centre.
Having lunch at school is a new experience for all of the students. They look forward to eating with their friends and to getting free time in the classroom when they finish eating!
We are continuing to work on building “stamina”. In our classroom, this means the ability to stay on task working independently on our reading goals. Students get a lot of choice during this time and are learning to make choices that will work best for themselves.
Wow! Where did that first week of school go? The students were busy getting to know their new classmates and the new routines in our classroom. Here are some highlights.
Meeting our new iPads…
Building our reading stamina…
Learning to read a book all by ourselves…
And watching Mr. Silversides turn into Sid the Clown…
We’re looking forward to many more great weeks together.
All of the students remember being read to by the “big kids” when they were in kindergarten and look forward to their turn to be the readers. Today was the day!
After lots of practice in our classroom, in other classrooms in our school and with other classes in Florida and Pennsylvania, we at last did our reader’s theatre for a video camera. Despite interruptions like ringing phones and announcements over the intercom, the students performed like troopers!
They are (and should be) very pleased with themselves for the way they did their parts.
At last the big day arrived! We did perform our Reader’s Theatre for a couple of classes in the school, but the pictures below show the students showing their expression and smooth reading with a first grade class in Florida and a second grade class in Pennsylvania.
Next week, we’ll get to perform our stories with a couple of other classes from Manitoba and Ontario.
This week we have been working on our reading fluency (reading smoothly and with expression) using Reader’s Theatre. Reader’s Theatre is stories that are written as scripts as they would be in a play. One or more narrators usually reads the parts that are not a character’s speech. All of the students have been busy practicing their ability to read their part fluently by themselves and in small groups. Here is some of what it has looked like in our classroom this week.
Reading to and with a friend is one of the most popular things we do in our classroom!