Friday, April 26, 2013

Words of Wisdom

My kindergarteners have been working on the following common core standards for reading:

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1 With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.2 With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.3 With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.4 Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.5 Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems).
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.6 With prompting and support, name the author and illustrator of a story and define the role of each in telling the story.

For the month of April, we have been doing an author study on Kevin Henkes. We have been comparing and contrasting his stories about Lilly and her friends, and identifying who the main character is and where the setting of the story takes place. As this is my second author study, we have been practicing our reading strategies as a whole class on using the pictures to help us know what is going on in the story. My students, who tend to blurt out their thoughts, have now been practicing raising their hand to share their ideas, and even question unknown words from his stories. We also have been taking his stories, and relating those characters' problems to our daily lives.

Kevin Henkes has given my class a lot of life lessons to reflect upon, and I encourage other primary teachers to use his stories to help raise about classroom issues that need to be problem solved.

"Today was a difficult day. Tomorrow will be better." -- Mr. Slinger from Kevin Henkes' "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

PS. When Mr. Slinger gave Lilly back her purse, he put the above quote inside. I think I would like to do that for all my students I have to take things from for not following directions. It allows students to feel better, and look forward to a better day the next day.


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