Hi! This year we have been working hard on meeting some challenges that I have started with your students. If they meet their sight word goal by December, then we will have a donut and chocolate milk party during readying group time. Sight words are so important for your students to learn. Especially for struggling readers. Knowing sight words not only will boost their reading confidence but vastly improve their reading fluency and comprehension.
I just wanted to share a short post from a fellow teachers blog that I follow.
"Did you know…*12 Sight Words make up 25% of those we read and write
*100 Sight Words make up 50% of those we read and write
*About 300 Sight Words account for 75% of those we read and write
What are Sight Words?
Sight words are words that are most commonly found in text that students should be able to read without sounding out or segmenting and blending. These words should be practiced frequently so that a child can automatically recall what the word is when reading and how to spell it out when writing.
Much like teaching phonics, sight words should be taught in a sequential and systematic way. However, sight words may not follow a specific phonetic pattern of teaching. For example, the word “the” is one of the first sight words to introduce to a child who is just beginning learning how to read, as it is one of the most common words that appears in text. (It appeared 3 times in the last sentence, and one time in this sentence.) However, the word “the” includes a digraph (th), two consonants that come together to produce a different sound when combined, and a schwa at the end. Digraphs and schwas are not introduced until much later in reading, once a child is more familiar with the more basic phonics concepts. However, in order for a child to read more fluently and confidently, the word “the” MUST be introduced early on. Therefore, these words need to be taught in conjunction with phonics skills in order to build confidence and fluency in reading." -Annie Moffatt
There are so many free resources out there for sight word practice. I also love the program Picture Me Reading (which I talk about over on the strategy page) as it combines both sides of the brain to learn the words. I use the Dolch Sight Word sequence for our classroom practice and we play a lot of games with them to take off some of the reading stress. Please let me know if you want any suggestions for practice or need any copies of the words!
We are a team and our mission is to help your student be the best they can be!
Grandparents or Special people day!
Class Code - P6BRP Order Due Date - 09/27/17
I want your child to be a successful reader—and for that, I need your help. When children choose their own books to read for pleasure, they enjoy reading more and spend more time doing it. The more your child reads, the better they will do in school and in life. Scholastic Book Clubs flyers are made for you and your child to shop for books your child will love to read. Each month, the flyers are filled with trusted, excellent quality, age-appropriate books chosen by Scholastic for prices as low as one dollar. Plus you will be helping our class when you order: Scholastic matches each order you place with FREE BOOKS for our classroom to share. Thank you for helping your child become a successful reader.
Sincerely, Mrs. Peters
Please place your online order to me by September 27th, 2017.
Two ways to order:
1. Go online to: scholastic.com/newparent Look up my name: Megan Peters Or enter our Class Code: P6BRP Follow the instructions to place your order online by: 9/27/2017.
2. Check off the books you want to order for your child and return this flyer to me with a check to Scholastic Book Clubs by 9/27/2017.
Welcome back to North Ward Elementary! I am so excited to start a new year with your student and I am looking forward to getting to know him/her. Here are a few things I would like to draw your attention to:
Book bag/Folders- I have a daily take home folder to help us stay connected. I will have your weekly parent communication log, lunch menu, and any other notes or messages I need to pass along to you in there. Please feel free to put notes and permission slip forms in there for me as well. Please check your student’s book bag nightly and remove any papers or art projects that we have sent home.
Lunch- All the menus can be found online from the northward site or at Tuscola.schooldish.com. You always have the option to send a sack lunch and/or an additional snack that they can have as well.
Snack- We will have a daily snack time in the afternoons. If you have paid for school milk, they will enjoy it then, otherwise we will have water. You are welcome to send classroom or individual snacks for your student. If you want to donate a classroom snack we would love to have- goldfish, crackers, pretzels, granola bars, or fruit. I would also love to have special snacks for their birthdays or holidays!
Class website- Please check it weekly! I will put up lots of pictures and information about what we are doing in our room. I will also post a sign up for special snacks. http://petersme.weebly.com
Absences/Transportation Changes- Please call the office and let the secretary know if your student is sick and will not be at school. Also, if your student is going home a different way than usual, please contact the school by phone or by sending in a note. You may also email me any changes before noon.
Birthdays- I love celebrating your student’s special day at school! Feel free to send in a special treat!
Northward Library- We will be visiting the school library every week. Your student will bring home the library book they have selected, please keep it for the week and then send it back to school so you do not get charged for a lost book.
Communication between home and school is so important for making this year a success for your student! If you have any concerns or suggestions, please call the school and request me (217)253-2712 or send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
This year will be a wonderful year! I am so excited to see how your student is going to grow and learn!
Let’s dive in!
The dime is mine.
The dog put his bone in a hole.
The owl flew down to get the rat.
Spelling words for the week of 3/24
First grade group
The night sky is now over the tree.
I am late.
That dime is mine!
We have had a few students change groups so please ask if you are unsure or find your students initials below to know their group.
Owl- CBaugh, TA, RL
First Grade Group- LR, GH, JL
Monkey- AT, CBowden, CZ
I must wait for it to rain another day.
Don’t drop the frog!
My bed is red.
Monkey - working on high frequency sight words
the, and, is, to, do
The cat is big.
Owl- working on initial l blends
clap, flap, flag, plop, plug, flip, slip, sled
I did a slip and flip on the sled.
Dino- working on long u with silent e
rule, flute, cute, so, mule, she, tube, many, tune, some
The rule is so she can play the flute.
Words for the spelling test on 1/27/2017
How will you hide?
The pig is big.
How will he hide?