Today we talked about two reading strategies, Making Connections and Tuning into New Words. They are both up on our Literacy Cafe Board now.
Making connections is when we can connect something we already know with the text we are reading. For example, today Ms. Little read the book The Carpet Boy’s Gift. It is about a young boy named Nadeemwho is sold to a carpet factory. In the story Iqbal Masih is a character. Iqbal was a real boy in Pakistan who fought for the rights of children and help to change the law to make it illagal for children to be sold and work to pay off the debt. The carpet factory owners had him assassinated! Ms. Little remembers when that happened and connected the book to Craig & Marc Kielbrger, two Canadian boys who read the story of Iqbal and were inspired to help change the world. We will learn more about them later. Ms. Little made text-to-world connections. Our class will be talking about human and children’s rights more in the near future.
Tuning into new words is just that, paying attention to them, maybe writing them down and figuring out what they mean from the context of the sentence or by looking them up. We started to keep track of new words today. Our goal is to collect 8-10 new words per week. Watch our vocabularies grow!
In math we reviewed place value and rounding as an estimating strategy. We will continue to work on these concepts for the next few days – watch for photos of our work!
Ms. Little will be meeting with everyone over the next few weeks to set reading, writing and math goals that are based on the diagnostic assessments we have been doing in class.