Saturday, November 7, 2015

GRA Continues

The Global Read Aloud project has not only allowed us to connect with classes around the world but also with classes right in our own school.  We have been pairing up with other 1st grade classrooms at Fuller Meadow to read The Year of Billy Miller and practice our reading comprehension strategies. We made connections based on the chapters we read with Ms. Flynn and Mrs. Scharffenberg's classes.  Lots of students connected to having an annoying sibling just like Billy's sister Sal.
We practiced visualizing with Mrs. Higgins and Mrs. Thomson's 1st graders by focusing in on one paragraph from the story.  Visualizing helps readers paint a picture in their minds and understand the story better.

Students then spread out across the classroom to create their visualizations in their read and respond journal.  We shared and saw what other readers pictured while reading-of course they were all a little different.  What did you visualize from the above paragraph?  
Retelling has been a focus during reader's workshop so we used our Global Read Aloud book to help. As a class we worked on retelling the Sister section of the book remembering to tell about the characters, the setting, and important events in order with transition words. 

Yesterday, we took advantage of the beautiful November weather and read a chapter outside with Mrs. Higgins' and Mrs. Thomson's 1st graders.  We were inspired by Billy so we headed inside to write poems about our family members-just like Billy.

As you can tell 1st graders have learned so many reading comprehension strategies and are becoming wonderful readers while staying connected to many teachers, classes and students!

First Grade Common Core Standards: RL 1.2 Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message. RL 1.3-  Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details. RL 1.7 Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or event

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