Parents: Check out the Educational Websites. There are links to more than 20 pages of fun, engaging websites that offer opportunities for reading enrichment. Websites are added weekly. Additionally there will be family reading activities provided each week that do not require the internet. Please email me if you have any questions.
Students: You will find links for some of your favorite programs in the Educational Websites tab. Assignments are available, but not required. I will be updating with new assignments each Monday. Work at your own pace and have fun!
Family Connections Assignments
Children love words that rhyme. Rhyming words are important to reading because they call children’s attention to the sounds inside words.
Some words that rhyme.
*Think of words that rhyme. Say two words that rhyme, such as cat and hat. Then say, “Listen to these two words that rhyme, cat (pause) hat.” Then say, “Now I’m going to say other words that rhyme with cat and hat. Here’s another one, rat. Now you tell me another word that rhymes with cat, hat, and rat (such as bat).”
*Repeat this game with other words that rhyme, such as:
pot, tot, lot, hot
pin, tin fin, in
tag rag, sag, bag
cake, bake, rake
cow, now, how,
Listening to sounds in words is important. Knowing where sounds of words begin and end is also important to reading.
A list of two-or three-syllable words.
The One-Minute Dash
Reading quickly and with ease is very important to successful reading, but, like running, it requires a lot of coaching and practice. To become a fluent reader, your child must practice reading quickly. Remember, however, that too much practice at one time is not helpful.
A watch or clock with a second hand and a book. Most cell phones have a timer. Your child must be able to read the book with little or no help.
Tell your child, “Let’s play a game called the one-minute-dash. I want to see how many words you can read in one minute.”
Then- “When I say Go, I want you to begin reading. After one minute I’ll tell you to stop” When your child is ready to start, say “Get ready...Set...GO!” Check your watch. After a minute, ask your child to stop reading.
Last-Count the total number of words your child read. If you like, you can keep a chart to show their progress over time.
Learning about words is important to learning inside and outside school. The more words a child knows, the more the child will learn.
Materials: A newspaper, magazine, or book. A notebook.
-Have your child find a word in a newspaper. Magazine, or book that he or she does not know and has not seen before. For example, your child may not know the word foretell ( meaning “to predict or tell beforehand” as in “The woman in red could foretell the future”)
-Your child might also find a word that is familiar but used in a new way. For example, the word boat means a small vessel used for getting around by water.d However, when boat is used in the sentence “The people were all in the same boat,” it means “faced with the same problems.”
-Ask your child to listen for a new word in everyday talk, on television, or look for a new word in print. Have your child find a new word or an old word used in a new way each day. Ask your child to keep track of the words in a special notebook and you can discuss the meanings.
Tip: Use the five finger rule when helping your child choose a book. Open the book to any age and ask your child to read. Put up a finger every time your child does not know a word. If you have put up more than five fingers before the end of the page, this book is too hard for your child.