This week will be my last week of sending my weekly letter as an email, I will send it and post it to the blog this week. Next week, we will go back to just blog posts.
Also sorry for the lack of pictures, I forgot my camera at home this week!
For the past few weeks, we have been working hard on inferring during our reading time. Inferring is the ability to conclude or reason from evidence rather than from explicit statements. This skill is challenging for all first graders at every level. However, it is a vital reading skill they must develop in order to advance in reading levels. They must be able to make meaning of what they have read in order to progress to the next level.
We have been working hard on inferring by “reading like a detective” to figure out how characters are feeling, why they acted a certain way, what the author is trying to tell the reader without explicitly saying it and supporting our inferences with evidence. You can help your child “read like a detective” in several ways:
- Encouraging them to use their background knowledge about what they know about a topic (schema)
- Help them identify clues in the text that lead them to make inferences
- Using the pictures and captions
Many students are now reading chapter books. I encourage you to talk with them about these books daily and ask inferring questions to help students develop an understanding of what they are reading. If they are unable to infer in the book they are reading, it is not probably a book they should be reading without the support of an adult.
Thank you to everyone who sent in flaire pens! We are still looking for 3 boxes of purple flaire pens.
Monday: Roots of Empathy and Library. Please return books
Tuesday: Music and Art
Wednesday: World Read Aloud Day and PE