Marvelous Thinkers Welcome
Aspen Elementary School 2018/2019
We love this idea from Denise! Post outside your classroom what you are reading to show kids that you read too! What a thought! Also, it's free book recommendations for the staff at school :) Here is what we are reading. What are YOU reading?
We started off this year writing all about ourselves and our favorite things so we could get to know each other better. We practiced reading about our favorite things and are loving how these turned out.
3rd and 4th Grade students are using punch cards to motivate and encourage great reading! Students set goals for each book they are reading (because every book is different in difficulty) and then if they reach that particular goal, they get a punch! Fill up all 10 punches on their card and it's time to reward themselves. Together we made a list of ideas at each grade level of what they might want to do. Some ideas included; a read aloud day, camp out day, pajamas, a new book, going outside and a soft pretzel. Lofty dreams here. It was fun for the kids to have some ownership over their rewards as well as their goals. Here are examples of a 10 and 20 punch card if you'd like to use in your classroom too.
Week two pushing in the Kinder classrooms and the students are learning to read color words with the beautiful book, Swatch by Julia Denos. Students practiced reading the color words as well as High Frequency words the and is. Students then read the books to each other! Kindergartners reading- that's what we love to see! We have also supported with training for centers, reviewing and learning BAR high frequency words, reading with one-to-one correspondence, and pausing to check for comprehension using the prompt, “I just read…”
These two are feeling good about all the reading they've been doing. Our friend Brooke is on her second chapter book this week AND Desmond has read almost 100 pages! Kenzie and Lucien in 4th Grade have been blowing through pages too! If you see them in the hallway, give them a congrats! :) Feeling good on Friday!
And how can this not make you smile? Calvin poses with his favorite book. How many others love the book Beekle?
We had a great time pushing into your classrooms this week. Sara worked with kids on the 3 Ways to Read A Book, creating anchor charts and reading the beloved Big Hungry Bear and Red Ripe Strawberry favorite. Kelly worked on first sounds with the silly story by Oliver Jeffers, Stuck. Here are some pictures from the week!
Students brought in their favorite books to share and read! We loved seeing some new titles and (old) surface! Here are a few pictures of our favorite books! Which ones have you read? What is YOUR favorite book?
Looking for a fun way to get kids hooked on books? Well, we've been loving all the fun morning messages in the classrooms- so warm and inviting; this is a new twist on that! Take a picture of a page in a book you've red recently in class, (or snatch one off google images) and then display it on the screen in a google slide with the words, "Can you guess what book this is?" Simple, but fun to get your kids pumped about new books or remind them of previous stories and themes. We have made some slides for you to get started with. Make a copy, add some of your own or add directly to this one to share with everyone! Here is a preview!
Kelly OBranovic has spent years in first grade teaching kids to read! It's one of her favorite things to do!
For quite some time now, Sara Reveal has been teaching at Aspen Elementary School--and loves it! She has taught first and second grades in the past, and now enjoys teaching literacy. While being passionate about helping children find their love of learning, Sara is especially determined to help students cultivate a feeling of joy and wonder when reading.
Lauren loves everything that has to do with kids and numbers! Her motto... "Math, No Problem!"
What are WE Reading?
BAS Scoring Guide
BAS Reading List by Level
High Frequency Words (K-2)
BAR Scope and Sequence
HFW Rainbow System