HCOS Newsletter October 27, 2016
Newsletter, October 27, 2016
Keep On Truckin'
Resources and Activities
Earlier this week I sent you something to get you started thinking about the Article A Day Program at ReadWorks. I want to thank Clarice Lomavatu one of my colleagues from William's Lake for this content; and Nancy Gullision, who sent it earlier this week. Here's the rest of that.
Building Comprehension Skills
ReadWorks is a good resource for finding materials to build comprehension skills. One of the practices they suggest is called: Article-A-Day. This is a "high-impact, 10-15 minute daily routine where students choose and read one high-quality nonfiction article every day, as part of a weekly, topically-related article set. In K-1st grades, the teacher reads the article out loud to the students. You only need about 10-15 minutes each day to do Article-A-Day, as part of your students’ daily routine. And it is worth it!"
Try doing Article-A-Day first thing each morning, or before/after a transition to lunch or a special. Students will know that this is their daily routine and will be able to get into it right away. The goal of Article-A-Day is for children to become stronger readers by giving them exposure to new vocabulary and non-fiction materials. It’s like exercising muscles, only these are reading muscles.
After reading the children can write down or draw a picture of - 3 things they learned from reading in their own “Book of Knowledge”.
After making an entry into their Book of Knowledge, the children can share with someone else what they learned and would like to remember.
I also found this video on the program, seemed like a helpful introduction:
Nancy also provided, this word document with more detailed information about how to use program. Click the link to download it.
October 26: It's great to be back from a mad caper to Saskatoon. I hope that nonsense is done now. I have a few last minute work samples to upload. They are due by the 30th.
November 1 to 10: I plan to contact each of you by phone just to see how things are going and to discuss how best to keep me updated on things. This is where I'll get see-saw going with a few of you who were interested.
November 11: First Portfolios due.