Category Archives: reading

Our own Easter Bunny!


permission by flickrcc

Last week, we read Patricia Polacco’s Rechenka’s Eggs. You can download a beautiful Rechenka’s Eggs poster- just click here!

We loved the details in the story about Babushka’s eggs that she painted. Caleb was inspired and worked on his own eggs at his house. He poked holes in both ends, blowing out the egg white and yolk,  just like Babushka did!


Then he dyed his eggs with beautiful colors! We think Caleb is like the Easter Bunny! Thank you Caleb, for sharing your eggs.


Book of the Week

We read so many fiction books and informational texts last week – it was hard to gather them all back up for a photo op! I managed to find a handful of the picture books that we read together for a quick vote.


All of our read-alouds were enjoyed, but the book my class loved the most last week was Fin M’Coul by Tomie DePaola.


It’s hard to compete against a book that has a giant dressed in baby clothes.

All Aboard!

The Countdown has begun!

We are counting down the days, hours, and minutes until Polar Express Day!

We will start at 9:00 on Friday, 17th by listening to the story on our morning announcements. We will also watch the movie before lunch.

We can wear our pajamas and we will play Polar Express Bingo with the whole school! I also hear that hot chocolate will be served, so be ready for a cozy day with a good book and good friends!

Word Work @ Home

Here is a question that I get asked often by parents: “What could we be doing at home to help our child?”


permission by flickrcc

My first answer is always read aloud every day! This not only helps your child grow as a reader and writer, listener and speaker, but it creates a bond unlike anything else. Having this special time together is precious – don’t wait another moment.

Today, my 2nd and 3rd answers are about word work. We work on words to become better readers and writers. We love to communicate and want to do it well. Here are two ways to practice at home.

Screen shot 2010-11-30 at 7.06.34 PM

Word Wall Word videos: we do these almost every day as individuals on our iPods. The videos are also on our wikispace, found on the forms and announcements pages. Check your child on these 3 videos. If they are not up to date on all the words, you know which ones to target for extra study.

Screen shot 2010-11-30 at 6.41.41 PM

Spelling City: After our periodic Developmental Spelling Assessments, the children are placed in a developmentally appropriate place for their learning. They may be ready for long vowel spellings, beginning blends, or they may be ready for ending blends and digraphs. Your child knows in which group they are working – just ask them! (If they have a momentary lapse… just e-mail me!) 🙂

Screen shot 2010-11-30 at 6.42.17 PM

Spelling City gives us a chance to work at our own level, making our learning much more powerful. Spelling lists were created by our first grade team to go along with our word sorts and word study notebooks. Each week, a new list of words will be added to the website. The students will have about 2 days of practice during the week, but you can give them a little homework on Spelling City a few days a week. About 15-20 minutes will make a big difference!

Word Wall Words (2nd six weeks)

Every day we work on improving our literacy by practicing The Daily Five components: Read to Self, Read to Someone, Word Work, Work on Writing, and Listen to Reading.

Our Word Work sessions always start with our Word Wall videos on our iPods. Our goal is to try to read the word before we hear the recorded word. This daily practice only takes 5 minutes, but it is making a difference in our learning!


Here are the 2nd six weeks of word wall words. Now you can practice at home! If you want to review the 1st six weeks words, click here… or click on word wall words in the tag section.

word wall words unit 2

Word Wall Word practice


Our first six weeks of word wall words (high-frequency words) are on our iPods, so I thought they might be helpful on the blog. We have been practicing on our iPods and on the smartboard. Play along at home to see if you can read the words before I do!

Being able to read all of these words smoothly and accurately will make you a better reader!

Word Wall Words – Unit 1 with recording 1

Gee… I Wonder


Gee… I Wonder


We are exploring an app on our iPods. It is called Story Kit.

After we practice a story, we can record it on our iPods in the StoryKit app. Then we can go back and add the typed text and illustrate it. After that, we can send it to the StoryKit web site and share our story.

Here is our first one. Sadie is reading a fable from the Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith book Squids Will Be Squids. The fable she chose is called Gee… I Wonder. Click on the story title to go to the story. Then click on the speaker on each page to listen to Sadie reading and look at her wonderful illustrations.


A B C: A Beautiful Classroom!

How would you like to read a book in this classroom?

Comfy cushions

Wouldn’t this area be cozy for reading to yourself?

Read to yourself!

Isn’t this the perfect place for working on word study?


How about word study at this Busy Bee Reading center?


You and your “Just-Right” reading bag… and a comfy cushion


Work on your writing!


Well, you can do all of those things and more in your beautiful classroom!

Spring is here and it is time for a fresh classroom!

Let’s read and learn together. See you on Monday.

RIF comes to our classroom!

We had a visit from Mrs. O, our favorite representative of the Radford Woman’s Club! She brought us a good story and a bag full of books… for free! Amazing! The program is call Reading is Fundamental or RIF for short. This is our first of 3 visits this year.

We got to pick out a book, then we had our names put in them. We can’t wait until the next RIF day. Thank you Mrs. O and the rest of the Radford Woman’s Club!

While exploring the RIF web site, I found some great resources for reading! Try out this one – an Edward Lear poem called Calico Pie!

Calico Pie

Calico Pie