Connecting reading and writing is natural in the early grades. Right now, in our first grade reading curriculum, we are working on identifying the main idea and supporting details in a text. We have used a graphic organizer to help us keep track of our thinking. This same graphic organizer led itself right into our
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I will tell you over and over again, that our literacy development is the product of our experiences. We make deeper connections with the texts we read if we have some experience relating to the book. Last night, my daughter was looking through the nonfiction section of her library shelves. She found a book about whales and dolphins.
My daughter and I have been practicing her sight words. Sight words make up about 90% of our reading vocabulary. To be a fluent reader, it’s extremely important that kids know these words quickly. One of my favorite ways to practice sight words is with the Memory Game. Finding sight word lists is very easy.
I love using the five senses as a springboard for writing in the classroom. When a child writes a simple sentence about how much they like ice cream, the five senses are a natural way to invite the writer to tell you more. We talk about the flavors and how it feels on your tongue