• Box-o-books

    Posted by Alison Starr on 9/9/2011 9:00:00 PM

    Shoeboxes will be collected for home use.  Every month we will be adding booklets that we have made to the box.  These are to be reviewed over and over again making sure that little fingers are pointing to each word.  Also use the books to underline any "teams" that are discovered.  (see blog on teams).  For emergent readers (ones that are just starting) have them circle "sight" words such as: is, in, it, the, and,  I,, me, my, be, by.  If it is a rhyming book, identify the rhyming words and what parts of the words make the rhyme, i.e. squeak/speak the "eak" are the same.

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  • weekly readers

    Posted by Alison Starr on 8/26/2011 5:35:00 PM

    Please reread the weekly Readers with your student.  This is a good opportunity to take a marker and underline teams(see blog on teams).  Also, your student could find all the words that say apple and circle them in red; circle the word tree in green

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  • Comprehension questions

    Posted by Alison Starr on 8/22/2011 4:00:00 PM
    The first action you can take to help your child comprehend is to make sure they know what any confusing or new vocabulary means.  Before you start reading ask them to make sure to stop you if they don't know what something means. If you know there is an unfamiliar word, make sure to clarify and relate the word to something they do know. 
    During reading ask prediction questions, "What do you think will happen next?"  "What will the character do now?"   Also ask connection questions, "Has anything like this happened to you?"  "Do you know anyone like this character?"  Help them by having your own connections to the story: " I remember a time when I was lost, scared, excited., etc."
    After reading ask them "surface structure" questions such as "Who was in the story?" (characters) "Where did the story take place?"  (setting)  "What happened first?" "How did the story end?" (sequence).  Also ask"why" questions.  "Why did the character do such and such?"  "What would you do if you were in the story?"  Ask questions to make sure they understood what the problem was (if there was one)  and how it got solved.
    Not every book lends itself to these questions.  If it is a book that has rhyming words, identify those.  If it is a non-fiction book ask if they learned something new about the topic. 
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  • phonetic teams

    Posted by Alison Starr on 8/22/2011 9:00:00 PM

    You may have noticed that many times there are parts of words underlined when I write messages, or on the students' nametags.  This indicates a phonetic team-or digraph--two letters that make one sound.  Th, sh, ch , wh, ll, tt, (any double letters),  ai, ar, ay, ar, er, ir, or, ur, ee, ei, oo, ou, ow. Noticing these teams and learning to look "through" a word when reading is very helpful in decoding that word

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