I am FINALLY done!! The last two week have a BLUR of excitement, work, and longing for the summer. And now it is here! We spent the weekend BOUNCING in our rented bounce house and eating hotdogs in the sun! WOO HOO!
Now I am settling in to do a little work and share some things about reading comprehension with you. As always the good, the bad, and the UGLY.
I also have a HUGE update to my classroom organization post – remember those HORRIFICLY messy games?
Check them out now…
All they needed was a little DUCK tape LOVE! Much easier than I thought and the boxes are reinforced, so hopefully they will last!
Reading comprehension is an interesting component in a first grade class. Most of my kids come into my room at a B or C reading level, so they are really mostly focused on the decoding piece of reading. At the beginning of the year, we do A LOT of whole class reading comprehension. We start the year teaching the 5 core values of our school (respect, responsibility, cooperation, friendship, and learning). While teaching these we read favorite “getting to know you” picture books and do a lot of talking about the parts of the story. We do some FUN crafts too…
We then move on to story mapping (whole class and in guided reading). We spend a week teaching each component – characters, setting, problem, and solution. Then we spend a few weeks putting all of the pieces together with a book. The length of this unit truly depends on the needs of out kiddos.
Now that CCSS has entered out lives and we need to teach 50% fiction/50% informational text, we spend the next two units focused on informational text – what it is, how to compare it to fiction, text features, main idea and details. This is done whole class and in guided reading as well. Students complete responses on their own and in guided reading, so we are able to assess their progress as we go – don’t worry I’m coming back to this one in the what I want to change part.
The spring is spent using many of the reading strategies we have talked about all year in different genres (fairy tales, biographies, realistic fiction, Cynthia Rylant author study). This, again, is done whole class and in guided reading.
Our literacy block is 90 minutes. We have a 15 minute focus lesson (whole class strategy/skill/genre lesson), a 15 minute phonics lesson, and 60 minutes for stations which we rotate every 20 minutes. I take groups for the entire 60 minutes and am teaching for the first 30 minutes – This is the structure from my district.
So, I NEED some help from all of you AMAZING teachers. How do you know whether or not your kiddos are internalizing and using what you are teaching when they are reading on their own???
OK – So week #4 and I don’t have any great products for Y’all, but yet again I have some IDEAS…I would like to fancy up our story mapping unit for sale. Adding that to the to-do list… J
Happy summer to you all! Hope you are all having some fun in the sun! Keep on hopping – I know I will be – to get some more reading comprehension ideas. J