Literacy (Daily 5 & CAFE)
In literacy we also added a new reading strategy to our CAFE menu. CAFE is a system developed by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser that helps students understand the four key components of reading: Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expand Vocabulary (CAFE). All four components are broken down into different reading strategies that support each goal. Students will be introduced to various reading strategies on our CAFE board during the school year. Not only does our CAFE board serve as a visual reminder of whole-class instruction but also serves as a visual to develop and post individual student reading goals. The students were eager to practice their new CAFE strategy during “Read to Self” time. Here is our first CAFE reading strategy:
- Check for Understanding: Students need to continually stop reading to confirm that they are comprehending the text. If they are having a difficult time understanding, students are encouraged to back up and re-read. You can reinforce this skill at home when you read with your child by pausing at the end of each page to say who the page was about and what they were doing. We simply say: "Who? and What?" in class.
Additionally, students continued learning about our Daily 5 literacy structure. Daily 5 seamlessly supports the CAFE system we will be using all year to introduce and teach reading strategies. This week during Daily 5, students have continued working on increasing their stamina to work independently during Read to Self time. Within the next few weeks, other choices will be introduced. Eventually students will be able to independently choose between the following tasks:
- Read to Self
- Read to Someone
- Listen to Reading
- Word Work
- Work on Writing
While students are working independently on these meaningful tasks I am able to meet with students one-on-one or with a small group of students to work on their individual instructional goals.
Students continued to work on our personal narrative units. We read the book, "Night of the Veggie Monster" and noticed how the author focuses in on one "small moment". He is able to stretch this moment over several pages of the book. Our class discovered he was able to do this by adding lots of details to his story. First graders were challenged to choose a story but to focus on a "small moment" from their story when writing. They learned how to plan before they began writing by "touching the pages and telling out loud their plan", then doing a sketch on each page so they remembered what they planned, and finally writing it down. "Night of the Veggie Monster" will be our mentor text for our narrative writing unit and we will continue to look back at this book to learn more about writing personal narrative stories.
We continued to learn about different types of graphs for the following common core state standard:
1.MD.C.4 Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories; ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less are in one category than in another.
Student Friendly Objective: I can collect information, organize it into tally charts or picture graphs, and answer questions about it.
To practice our graphing skills, students were given a bag with different items in it. As a group, they sorted the objects based on certain attributes. After creating a bar graph, students had to answer several questions about their graph such has which has the most, least, etc. As a class we have made picture graphs (pictographs), bar graphs, and concrete graphs. See if your child can explain how each is different at home.
Students also worked on tally marks by playing Tally Mark Roll. You can download and print the game to play at home an reinforce skills if you click the following blue link:
Tally Mark Roll Game PDF
There's no need to go out and buy a 20-sided die. Below is a link to a virtual die. You can indicate how many sides you want the die to have and have your child roll online by clicking. There are also tons of free apps you can download to your phone/tablet and have your child roll the die that kind of device. Here is a link to a virtual die website:
Virtual Die Website
Our class has enjoyed getting to know a famous person this week. We learned a lot about the author and illustrator, Kevin Henkes. We read the following books by him:
Sheila Rae the Brave
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
We were able to connect this to our first grade theme of relationships by discussing what a relationship is, what it looks like and what different kinds of relationships there are after reading these stories. Some of the different relationships the books had were teacher and student, child and parent, and siblings.
Monday, September 11th - Art can get messy! If your child is concerned about their clothes, please have them bring a smock to school. Some examples are an old large t-shirt, an old button-down shirt, or a School Smart full protection vinyl smock. Students should try to avoid wearing their best clothes and shoes on the day they have art.
Wednesday, September 13th - Parent Open House at 6:30pm
Friday, September 15th - Library books due
Thursday, September 21st - No school, Rosh Hashanah
Friday, October 6th- Early release, students dismissed at 1:00pm.
Monday, October 9th- No school, Fall Break
Tuesday, October 10th- No school, teacher institute day