|Mrs. VanderVere's First Grade Blog||
Following Directions Lesson Concepts:
1. Listening and following directions are important skills for learning.
2. Repeating directions helps you remember them.
3. Following directions involves using your eyes, ears, and brain
*Please have your child complete the Following Directions Home Link worksheet inside his/her blue Home folder at home this evening
'Words Their Way' Word Study Program
I am excited to share that the first graders are beginning our word study program called Words Their Way! The main benefit of the 'Words Their Way' program is that it supports differentiated word study instruction. This will allow each child to work at his/her appropriate instructional level. Students have already completed initial word study inventory assessments, providing me with information to help me make instructional decisions to best support each individual student. Every two weeks, students will be provided with a collection of word study words that are at their individual instructional level. Once students have worked with their specific word study pattern for two weeks, they will be assessed on the same word study patterns at the end of the second week.
'Words Their Way' focuses less on memorization and more on allowing students to work with their words during different word sort activities to give them the chance to explore and learn the different word study patterns. Word study work at home and at school will reflect this philosophy.
The first ‘Words Their Way’ word sort assessment will be given next Friday, September 29th.
I am so pleased to have the opportunity to work with your child using the 'Words Their Way' word study program. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.
Mrs. Heidi VanderVere
Practice, Practice, Practice!!!
Every two weeks your child will be bringing home a word sort list of words that has been introduced in class. Each night of the week your child can complete a different activity to reinforce word study principles and patterns that are being practiced at school.
Monday: Please have your child cut their words apart and then sort the individual words into categories like the ones we did in school. Your child should read each word out loud during this activity. Next, please ask your child to explain why the words are sorted in a particular way – What does the sort reveal about the word study in general? Then please ask your child to sort his/her words a second time as fast as possible. This is called a speed sort. You can even time them if they would like you to check their speed and accuracy.
Tuesday: Please do a blind sort with your child. Please lay down a heading card or word from each category as a header. Next read each one of the words out loud. You child must indicate where the word goes by pointing without seeing it. Please lay the word down and let your child move it if he or she is incorrect. Please repeat this activity if your child makes any mistakes.
Wednesday: Please have your child do a writing sort. Please call out the words in a random order and have your child write them down in the correct category. Please call out any words your child writes incorrectly a second or third time.
Thursday: Your child may choose which method they would like to use to practice their words today. They can choose between speed sort, blind sort, or writing sort. As we learn new practice methods in class, we will send home explanations so your child may use them at home as well.
Friday: Your child will have a word sort assessment at school every two weeks. Students will only be assessed on ten of the words from their sort.
Mrs. VanderVere’s Class’s Topics To Share
- Scholastic News/Weekly Reader, Friendship Books, Manners Books, School Books, “I PICK” Books, and Poetry
- Instructional Level Guided Reading Assessments (continued)
- Kevin Henkes (continued) www.kevinhenkes.com
- Narrative “Small Moments” Writing
- Tiny Topics/Ideas for Writing Booklet
- Handwriting and Sorting Words Writing Activity
- Creating and Using Graphs (Concrete Graphs, Pictographs, & Bar Graphs), Interpreting Data, Comparing Findings, and Review
- Social Learning: Focusing Attention
- Relationships: “Furry Friends”
- United States Constitution Day is on Sunday, September 17th. We read a book called “We the Kids, The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States” by David Catrow and had a good discussion about our country’s Constitution.
- Open House: Thank you to all of the families who were able to attend our Open House/Curriculum Night on Wednesday evening. It was so nice to have the opportunity to meet and share first grade curriculum information with you. I really appreciate your time, support, and willingness to work as a team. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year together in first grade!
- School Safety Evacuation Drills: We successfully completed a bus evacuation drill on Thursday morning and a building evacuation drill on Friday morning this week.
*Reminders and Upcoming Events:
- Ice Cream Day: Students will have their first opportunity to purchase an ice cream/frozen treat next Wednesday, September 20th during lunch for $3.00.
*Students who are already signed up and have paid for ice cream will have their names on the PTO's ice cream list.
- No School/Rosh Hashanah: We do not have school next Thursday, September 21st.
- Library Books: School library books are due by next Friday, September 22nd.
- Early Release: Students will be dismissed at 1:00 on Friday, October 6th.
*Students will be eating their fruit or vegetable snacks and lunches at school.
- No School/Fall Break: We do not have school on Monday, October 9th.
- No School/Teacher Institute Day: Students do not have school on Tuesday, October 10th for Teacher Institute Day.
- NSSD 112 Education Foundation 14th Annual 5K Fun(d) Run and Family Walk: This amazing community event will be held on Saturday, October 14th at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park at 8:00 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the Scholarship Fund for the students in our school district.
- Ice Cream Day: Students will have the opportunity to purchase an ice cream/frozen treat on Wednesday, October 18th during lunch for $3.00.
*Students who have already been signed up and paid for ice cream will have their names on the PTO's ice cream list.
- Indian Trail PTO Meeting: Our next PTO meeting will be held on Monday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in our school library.
- Indian Trail School Picture Day: Students will be having their school photographs taken on Tuesday, October 24th.
Open House/Curriculum Night:
Thank you to all of the families who were able to attend our Open House/Curriculum Night last evening. It was so nice to have the opportunity to meet and share first grade curriculum information with you. I really appreciate your time, support, and willingness to work as a team. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year together in first grade!