How to Pick a Book to Read

In Language Arts (Listening and Learning), students listened to the read-aloud “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. This character education story is about the virtue of generosity and the joy of giving. In class, we discussed specific examples of being generous. For instance, when you share your snack with a friend, you are generous. Generosity is sharing and giving.

Students also listened to the sounds of different animals as they enjoyed the read aloud,“Listen to the Silent Night” by Dandi Daley Mackall.
In Reading to Self, students have been making significant progress in reading books on Raz-Kids. Students are also learning how to choose books using the “I PICK Approach” during the Reading and Writing Workshop. It goes like this:

I PICK (Guide in Picking a Book to Read)

I – I look at the book.
P – PURPOSE – Why do I read it?
I –  INTEREST – Does it interest me?
C – COMPREHENSION – Do I understand it?
K – KNOW – I know most of the words.

Download a copy of the I Pick Approach here.
In Reading with Someone, students spent individual time reading 2 – 3 books based on their reading level with their teacher from a series books for young readers.
In Word Work, students continued to practice reading and writing the following high frequency words three times: an, all, but, by, can, do, each. Next Thursday, December 12, we will have an Assessment on these high frequency words.
In Writing, students worked writing “Descriptive Sentences” using verbs. A verb is an action word. Ask your child, “what is a verb?”

  • I like to run.
  • She jumped so high.
  • He spilled the milk.
  • They walked to school.

Phonics and Writing, kindergartners learned that sentences are made of letters and words. We worked on using a period at the end of a sentence, a question mark, and an exclamation point. For example, “Are you nice? Yes, I am!  Or “Do you sing the opera? No I don’t!”
In Visual Arts, students made an angel ornament and a reindeer ornament to get in the season of Advent, a time to prepare for Christmas. After listening to the read-aloud,“Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister, students created their own rainbow fish and decorated it with scales.
In Math, students worked on addition and subtraction, ordinal numbers (i.e., first to tenth), Counting Dice Game, Counting Teddy Bear Counters (Adding and Subtracting), and Mathematical Shapes.
At home: Spend 10-20 minutes daily in reading the eBooks on Raz-Kids with your child. Use your child’s password to access his/her account. Also, work together in identifying shapes, particularly a parallelogram, trapezoid, pentagon, and hexagon.

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