Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I can Generalize CAN YOU?

Two weeks ago our comprehension skill was making generalizations.  Does anyone else have trouble teaching generalizations to FIRST graders???  I struggle with this strategy.  This year I decided to explain it a little differently to my students.  I told them that a generalization is about connecting what you know and what you read or see.  Then you make a general statement about it.  I had my students look at 3 “friends” what do most of these students have in common? 

Here is one example picture:

Most of these students are girls, most have on pants, most have longer hair, etc. 

This really helped them understand how to make a generalization.  I put together a few activities to help practice this skill. 

Penguin Ideas - Long I, Contractions,

Penguin Phonics
Last week our phonics centers had a penguin theme. We learned about Long I and practiced sorting words into the correct word family. Then we used a few words in sentences. We also started learning about contractions.

You can download a copy of these activities here!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Soft and Hard Sounds for C and G

I’ve just uploaded a new Word Work Sorting Activity for the Soft and Hard Sounds of C and G in my TPT store.  Here is a preview: