The OJCS Reading Challenge is back, but this year bigger and better!
Our Grade 1 classroom goal is to read 300 books by the end of May. In order for your child to get class book tallies towards our goal, each student must complete a book review. When we achieve our goal, we will be eligible for one of the following prizes listed below.
The prizes this year will be;
an end-of-year book-based film screening or book-themed dress-up party in each classroom that meets their goals. The library will provide each class with popcorn and candy treats.
Middle school will once again compete for an escape room to create an added incentive.
Small prizes will be given out to each student who gets a Bingo on the genre bingo sheet that goes with the challenge.
Include a short description of your favourite part.
How many stars would you give it?
Would you recommend it to a friend?
We have been participating in this challenge since November. These book reviews can be done at home or at school. I wanted to make this information available to you in case your child would like to add a book review from the comfort of their home.
Hope everyone had a great winter break! This week’s homework will be to continue practicing our reading skills. Some students did not receive a new book today as they did not have the opportunity to read the books provided over the break, others have a new book for this week.
Introduction to Spelling
Have you ever heard parents say, ” English is too hard, filled with exceptions and makes no sense. How can I teach my child how to spell with all these exceptions. The answer is simple, come along on our learning journey. As both myself and the students explore Structured Word Inquiry. As we all have to start somewhere, we begin with 6 Spelling Rules that are based on the Barton system which follow the Orton Gillingham methods. These rules are designed to help students understand why words are spelled the way they are. This week I introduced the Hockey Rink Rule. <ck> comes at the end of a one syllable word after a short vowel. <k> is used after two vowels or if there is already a consonant between the vowel and the <k>. The students were given a list of words that they sorted independently, followed by time as a whole group to discuss and discover similarities and differences. And guess what… we were able to explain the Hockey Rink Rule.
As we make more discoveries I will continue to share.
Starting book 2 tonight. We introduced sound in class and read over it, as we always do. Kids (most of them) are excited to start the new book and so am I. Line 7 in this book is a proper full sentence, so I read it twice in the recordings.
Everyone is doing a great job using their reading strategies to complete their reading homework. Please remember to sign each night (M-Th). New books have been handed out today. Exciting news to share, we are part of a Global Read Aloud. This event fosters global connections through shared reading from picture books and exemplifies one of our North Stars, we learn better together. This year we are connecting with Yavneh Academy in Paramus, NJ. 1A participated in a Google Hangout this afternoon and were excited to ask the questions they had prepared on Friday in anticipation of this event. 1B will also connect this way with the same class, sometime this week. The picture book study is the work of Yuyi Morales
Excited to read Dreamers this week and be part of a shared Flipgrip to amplify our learning!
Today the students will bring home their red Take Home folders. In these folders is everything you need to be able to support your child as he\she completes their English reading homework. We have gone over in class the various decoding strategies to use when they come across a word that is unfamiliar to them. At this point in the year they would benefit from reviewing the strategies before they begin to read. We will be working on digraphs (sh, ch etc…) and long and short vowel sounds in class. I have provided anchor charts for them to refer to if they come across a vowel sound they cannot yet reproduce. Please remember to sign the reading log every evening, it is located in the back of the Take Home folder.
The homework should not take more than 10 minutes.
Please let me know if it is taking too long (you may write a note and place it in the note tote or send me an email).
Alternate between the sight word list (not this week) and book, so that the homework session does not exceed 30 minutes for all three subjects.
Please sign it every day and remind your child to return it to their note tote bag.
Over the summer, you may be looking for ‘Just Right’ books for your child to read. You can use the Zone of Proximal Development (which will be noted in your child’s report card as the reading range) to search for books through the Accelerated Reader Bookfinder site.
Mrs. Thompson (from Grade 5) made a fantastic tutorial video to help walk you through the process.
Please reach out to Morah Lianna or Morah Ann Lynn if you have any questions or need any help.
Thank-you for supporting the Scholastic Book Fair. Our students are already adding books from our wish list to their book bins. They had big smiles on their faces when they saw all the new books added to our classroom collection.
Poetry is one of the parts of our writing curriculum that we introduce in April as it is Poetry Month! We read, discuss, analyze, and even memorize poetry every week…poems that help to bring our curriculum to life. Children love poetry. The tongue twisting words, the alliteration, the onomatopoeia, the fun language, the rhyme, the rhythm, and so much more. The students will keep all their poems in their red take home folder. They have brought home today (in their red folders) two poems to read for homework and are asked to highlight the rhyming pairs. Please remember to have your child reread these poems practicing the proper expression, pace and phrasing. Homework due on Monday. Today we began to build a Poetree and shared what we know about poetry and after listening to a few poems read by Morah Lianna and myself, our students were able to add many leaves of knowledge to this tree. Our Grade 1 poets ended the afternoon brainstorming ideas in order to create a poem about spring.