BALANCED LITERACY IN FIRST GRADE!
I can’t believe this is year 30!
MY own twins were in first grade
My first year of teaching!
( NOT in my class…TG…)
Each year things CHANGE!
Literacy has changed!
It is SO very important!
CHANGE is NOT a BAD thing!
It can make you rethink, reevaluate, redo, remake, and revitalize!
After 30 years…I can HONESTLY say…
I will NOT throw out the BABY with the BATHWATER!
OK…We have a new curriculum. AGAIN!
EVERY 7 YEARS.
Whether you want it …or NOT!
And so, here we go again.
It really doesn’t matter what “program” you give me.
My “STRESS” level rises when I try to plan.
Some days I can…some days I can’t.
Life won’t end if you don’t do it ALL!
Let’s start with :
#1.. READ ALOUDS for Literacy Mentor Texts
I start my day with READ ALOUD.
I end my day with a READ ALOUD!
( I try to make ONE of those Read Alouds
a SCIENCE, SOCIAL STUDIES, or HOLIDAY story)
INTEGRATE whenever YOU can!
After EVERY story…We Discuss.
EVERY Read Aloud.
Discuss for 10 minutes …MAX!
When students THINK about a story,
“turn & talk”
use the “academic language”
from the story, they are engaged!
They might NOT take it on
for themselves the first time…
but…over time, they will!
This week I heard some “reading partners”
discussing our anthology
I heard “MAIN CHARACTER”,
“Beginning, Middle, END”,
“How did they SOLVE that Problem?”
Teacher Happy DANCE!
If you need suggestions for Read Alouds…
Next on my BALANCED LITERACY plan…
#2 INTERACTIVE WRITING
So, how? Where? WHEN?
I LOVE interactive writing!
Interactive Writing is when the KIDS do the writing.
We use chart paper. We discuss a story PLAN.
We start with MAIN IDEA. Then we add 3 detail ideas.
We add a conclusion.
VOILA! A class story!
They help each other spell.
We sound out words together.
We discuss grammar.
And we write..and read…
and edit..and rewrite!
What a wonderful cycle!
I am using my interactive writing skills to
#3 Word Work
NEW long vowel phonics concepts.
We made a chart.
Together we thought up words
that use our long vowel
We made a vocabulary box
on the chart
to remind us of words
we want to use in our story.
Smelly markers are a must!
And we read…
This happens during our morning
We spend about 5-10 minutes writing
each day for 5 days.
Mondays..we begin a new story.
THEY LOVE THIS!
We started with Kate.
Long a with silent e.
Long e with silent e.
Long o with silent e.
Check out ..
Next we preview…
Stop on by and let us know,
HOW do you incorporate
Balanced Literacy into your day?