Students will be starting Unit 2 of our reading program. Here are the vocabulary words that we will be discussing:
Lesson 6: brother, caught, cheer, learn, lose, straight
Lesson 7: coming, curve, idea, knee, laughed, million, world
Lesson 8: accept, ago, clear, fair, half, though
Lesson 9: believe, brought, early, enough, impossible, quite, understand
Lesson 10: Review
Continue to read every night. There are many books that have varying levels and interests for your child to read. Here are just a few of my favorite:
The Magic Tree House Series
Who Was Series
The Magic School Bus Series
Baby Sitters Club
Frog and Toad
If you are unsure if a book is on your child's reading level there is a good rule to follow. It is called The Five Finger Rule.
Open to a random page in the book that your child has picked. Ask your child to read. Every word that you child reads incorrectly, hold up a finger. 0-1 finger, probably too easy. 2 fingers, a good choice. 3 fingers, your child may need help, but a good challenge also. 4 fingers, this book may be too difficult to read on their own but may be a good book to read together. 5 fingers, too advanced, suggest a different book or read aloud to them.
Students are also working on increasing their fluency. We have set goals for ourselves and are working everyday to improve. Students will be bringing home checklists for books that they are reading. We have discussed the strategies that are on the cards and how they help us to become better readers.
Here are some questioning techniques to use when your child is reading:
What was your favorite part of the book? Why?
Who was your favorite character? Why?
What was the most interesting thing you learned from the book?
Why do you think the author wrote this book?
If you could change one thing in the book, what would you change?