Tag Archive: word parts

1st Grade Word Work

IMG_0351My first graders continue to work super, super hard for me!  We are doing a lot of work on word parts so when we come to unknown words in our reading and writing we can help ourselves by looking for a part we know, seeing if we know a word that looks like it, and trying it!  1st grade is such a big leap into becoming readers.  We keep plugging away.  You can see we are doing some word work with -ot words.

IMG_2061One of the things I have struggled to be better at is teaching my kids to find readable chunks so they are able to initiate multiple problem solving strategies at points of difficulty.  My other 2 teammates seem to do a much better job at teaching their students word parts when exiting kids out of Reading Recovery.

IMG_2064This past semester I decided to have my 4 Reading Recovery kiddos make word part books.  I got the idea from my coworker who has her older kids put word parts in file folders.  We put in different 2 and 3 letter blends and digraphs.  As we came upon these word parts in the books we read, I would have the student add it to their word part book.

It was amazing that when we were specifically keeping our eye out for these word parts how often we would find them.  Often times we would find so many that I wIMG_2063ould need to start writing them in just so we could keep moving.  This also made for good book selection options for my students.  If I knew he was having difficulties with a certain word part then I could find a book that provided many opportunities to come across that part.

The kiddos got to take their word part books home with them once Reading Recovery was over and it’s been really neat to see them using the book in class to help themself with reading and writing.  When I walk in I have several of them who tell me about a new word they added into their book or show me their writing where they used the word part book for help. While I still am no genius at word parts, I will say this helped my kids tremendously. They were able to problem solve much more efficiently and quickly. But I’m curious what are some other strategies/techniques/cool ideas people use to help kids with word parts?

3rd Grade: Informational Brochures

IMG_8198My 3rd graders are such a joy this year (not that my other kids aren’t) and greet everything we do with such enthusiasm.  They are some of the hardest workers I’ve seen and we have been packing in a ton every 30 minute session.   We’ve been learning so much and having so much fun while we’re learning that one of the 3rd graders said, “I hate Wednesdays because we don’t have group with you!” (Wednesdays are early out so my schedule doesn’t allow me to see my group kiddos)  What a great compliment and a testament to the learning they are taking on.  I love that enthusiasm.  Ok, enough bragging about how awesome my kids are.

This week we read a book called All About Redwood Trees.  (If you are a follower of my blog then you surely know by now how much I love the All About series)  The kids were blown away by the mere size of the redwood trees and other new facts.

IMG_8201I only have 3 kids in this group, which is my smallest group of the day.  It’s really nice because we have plenty of room to spread out and I really get the chance to sit down with the kids and conference with them longer.  They are so excited when we read that we had such great dialogue and question asking regarding this book.

After the kids finished reading, they were asked to make an informational brochure about the information they read.  They needed to come up with 4 facts; one fact per page and a quick illustration to go with it.

This was an opportunity for the kids to practice picking out what was the most important part that they read and also taking what the author wrote and putting it into your own words.

IMG_8211We finished with a few minutes to spare and the 3rd graders had been begging to play an iPad game.  This actually ended up being a perfect time since we did finish early.  I have to share with you a REALLY good iPad game from Lakeshore Learning.  It was free and it’s called Tic Tac Toe Phonics.

We split up into 2 teams: boys vs. girls.  Wow!  It was fun.  The app is just like regular tic tac toe except you have to answer a phonic question before you can put your X or O down.  You pick where you want to play and answer the question.  If you are right you get to put your letter down, if you are wrong then the play goes back to the other person/team.  There were questions about word parts (blends/digraphs), vowelIMG_8212 sounds, syllables, and rhyming.  I thought it would be super easy for the kids, but it wasn’t.  It gave me a lot of great insight as to things we still need to work on.

The boys ended up defeating us 2 games to 0.  The girls will need to rally for the “W” next time we have the opportunity to play.

It’s inevitable that at some point when your child is reading, he or she will come to a word he/she doesn’t know.  What are some strategies your child should be using?  What are some strategies you could prompt for?

  1. Look at the picture. (Yes, we want your child looking at the picture!  Please don’t cover the picture up.  There are many helpful clues he or she can find from searching the picture!)
  2. Think about the story.  What would make sense here?
  3. Get your mouth ready.  Point and slide your finger under the word.  Then go back and re-read the sentence.
  4. Read to the end of the sentences and then go back and see if you can figure out the word.  Then go back and re-read the entire sentence together.
  5. Try a word!  Does it make sense?  Does it look right?  Does it sound right?
  6. Look for chunks or parts in the word you know!

Encourage your child to try multiple strategies before telling them the word.  If after several attempts at the word and your child is still struggling, give them the word, but run your finger under the word slowly while you tell them.  Most importantly, help make reading fun.