Reading Log - Please note that the reading log is different each quarter.Students should read for 15-20 minutes every night to someone that is a stronger reader (parent, babysitter, grandparent, older sibling, etc.). Ideally, the students should be reading a book that they are able to read independently, but if they are struggling to read the book, the stronger reader (adult or older sibling) should show them decoding strategies or model how to read the book. Keep in mind that the number of books read, or the difficulty of the book does not make it quality reading time, the conversations that happen about the book (during and after finishing) is what holds the value. Take time to look closely at the pictures with your child, make and confirm predictions when reading a book for the first time, help them to make connections between the story that they are reading and things that are similar in their own personal lives, and when you are finished with the book, talk about your favorite part so that they want to talk about their favorite part. I know we all have crazy busy lives, but taking the time to add quality reading with your child makes a world of difference with their reading ability!As of October 7, students should read nightly and complete a reading log. The reading log only needs to list one of the books that they read each night (assuming that they are reading more than one book per night). A sight word list for each quarter is available on my webpage to help students read at home. A new reading log will be sent home each week and should be completed and turned in every Friday (the link above is an electronic copy of the reading log paper in case anyone needs an extra copy at home).In addition to the reading log homework, students that are struggling to complete their word study activities in class will need to complete their designated activity for the day in order to ensure they are getting enough practice learning their words each week. ONLY STUDENTS THAT DO NOT FINISH THEIR WORK IN CLASS WILL HAVE WORD STUDY AS THEIR HOMEWORK. Each assignment is their morning work for the day, so please do not jump ahead of the schedule. The following are the designated activities for each morning:
- Mondays: written sort
- Tuesdays: draw and label 8 words
- Wednesdays: write 3 sentences
- Thursdays: blind sort with a partner (this can only be completed in class)
- Fridays: glue sort before taking the test
Please keep in mind that the only spelling aspect that each student should focus on when completing their word study activities is the feature. Below is an example of how words should be sorted based upon three different spelling features:
gr br pl
green brush place
grape broom play
grade breakfast plate
Even if students are spelling words incorrectly, the only part of the word that should be correct is the feature in each word. Therefore, in the above example, if a student spells the word green as grem, the word is still correct because they got the beginning feature of gr correct.
Additional homework opportunities can be found under my websites for practice tab.