Marvelous Thinkers Welcome
Aspen Elementary School 2018/2019
When internalizing decoding rules, a little "method acting" can prove to be useful! Give a group of kiddos card with letters so that they may become that letter and say their letter sound. Add Bossy, Shy, Magical E (a multi-handled little letter.) He/she does not want to say its name and will make the vowel on the other side of the consonant make it say its name instead so it can be silent! Have the children take turns being this Shy, Silent E so that everyone can better internalize the spelling and reading rule. **Remember, spelling is one of the three branches of the literacy tree: it supports both reading and writing! :)
Here's our "after" picture after a snowball fight with our compound words. No snow required, just crumpled up parts of words. We threw them around and then practiced reading them. This really helps develop an understanding of breaking apart words and what words are compound and what words are not. An awareness of syllables and how those break can come from practice with these things too!
We're going on a bear hunt!!!! Wait, NO! A letter hunt! :) Students hid tiny tiny letters in this jar of beans and rescued them from bean land!!! I don't know who had more fun, them or us! Try this with rice, couscous, any sort of mixing material that can hide well! You could also put inside a water bottle or mason jar and have students hake it around to try and find the letters. After each letter was rescued, we reviewed it's name and sound and recorded it on our letter hunt sheet. Try this during centers!
Kindergarten students used Pom Poms to fill in letter pictures to help make associations between letter names and sounds. You can try this too, click here!
2nd graders are working on vowel pairs, so we made our own and used our problem solving skills to work together to communicate about where each vowel should go to make a "real" vowel pair.
The next day, we made vowel pairs/teams with wiki sticks! See, they're great for ALL grade levels and ANY task.
Here we are in the Vowel Pairs Parking Lot! As a review, we parked our cars on various vowel pairs that "say" a specific sound.
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