Title I Reading Clubhouse News
Welcome to the Sunman Elementary Reading Clubhouse page! My name is Mrs. Walters and I teach Title I reading here at Sunman Elementary. I work with small groups of first, second, and third grade students. Each group comes to my classroom for 25 minutes four times a week. We work on the same skills that classroom teachers are introducing in their classrooms. I use different materials and often do hands-on activities. Reading Clubhouse students receive a report card from me four times each year.
If you have any questions, please contact me here at school. My number is 812-623-2235 EXT 15920.
My first grade students are learning the Lindamood Bell LiPS program for reading, spelling and speech. We will be using this program until second semester. At that point I will begin using the Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention green kit for first grade.
I has been so good to get back into a routine after our long Christmas break. First graders are working hard on their Passage Reading Fluency words. We practice these sight words everyday. Our hard work paid off. After checking the Easy CBM scores from my first grade students I am happy to report that every student showed growth in his or her score! I am so proud of this group and the effort they have put into practicing these words. The following is an excerpt from a study about the importance of sight words:
Possessing automaticity of the most commonly used words by sight will make a student a faster and more fluent reader. When words are quickly recognized by sight, meaning is not lost and comprehension improves (Johnston 1998). Students who need to pause and attempt to figure out many of the words they read, lose the ability to comprehend. Moats, (200 1) agree and adds, that students who read slowly often fail to complete their work, lose interest in school, and seldom read for pleasure. Lastly, teaching high frequency words will help to support a student's knowledge of language structure, the patterns we speak, and the language of the books we read.
Rest assured, first graders in Reading Clubhouse will continue to practice our sight word vocabulary!
Second grade students are working in the Blue Level Fountas and Pinnell leveled literacy kit. The skills, writing activities, and leveled readers and in levels A-N.
Students in the third grade are working in the Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Red kit. The stories, writing activities, and phonics work is at levels C-N. Third graders also read for their classroom Accelerated Reader goals. Each week I read a book out loud and allow students time to take an A.R. test in my room. The results of the test count towards their monthly A.R. goals. I highlight a word from each book. We use dictionaries and a thesaurus to find synonyms, antonyms, examples, and non-examples of this word.
It is so exciting to see students 'get' the main idea of a story while they are reading. I witnessed this today. While we read the story Bea Prepared, I saw students physically responding to the words. Some started nodding, another smiled, and others pointed to the picture or or words. That is one of the biggest joys of my job. When I get to see students reading for understanding and comprehending the story without help from me, well, it doesn't get much better than that.
LITTLE FREE LIBRARY
Sunman Elementary is the proud new owner of two Little Free Libraries. These are mini lending libraries for students to exchange books brought from home. The idea is to exchange books you have at home for books you haven't read yet. If you have any books that you are willing to exchange, please send them in with your student and trade them for different books. There are two libraries, one in the front of the building and one in the back. If you are here for a sporting event, feel free to borrow a book or two. This is handy to entertain children who aren't participating in the sport.
Welcome to a new year in Reading Clubhouse! It was very exciting to see so many parents attend the Title I Information Night this week.
Mrs. Griffin and I explained our programs including how students are selected and what we do on a daily basis. As always, if you have questions, please contact me through email or my phone number here at school.
812-623-2235 ext 15920
Don't forget about the link to Tumblebooks library on the Sunman Elementary website. This link enables you to access thousands of books that can be read online. You can listen to the books and do several activities that go along with the content. This could come in handy during Christmas break.