Hello Everyone! It's so great to be back here at school and getting into a routine. Benchmarking has finished and ELL groups are underway. I've decided to improve our class website this year to make this website even more helpful, useful, and specific for your children and their learning. This year the "Class Blog" page will be shorter and will just include some general information for the school as a whole including important dates and events for everyone. In addition to this page, I'll be adding grade level blog pages that will be updated with all of our learning monthly based on the specific learning happening in that group. I feel as though this will be an even better to create another way of connecting home and school. I look forward to another wonderful year together! As always, please contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.
Happy Summer! I can't even believe another year has come and gone for us here at Williams Elementary. I have felt so lucky to have each and every one of your children this year. Thank you so much for sharing them with me. It has been my absolute pleasure watching each one of them grow, learn, and succeed. I'd love to hear all about the fun activities and adventures they are having this summer so...
I’m sending each child home with some paper, pencils, envelopes, and some stamps. I encourage students to write to me throughout the summer about their summer fun and this will promote writing skills! I will look forward to writing back to each and every letter! I wish you all a healthy, safe, and very fun summer! See you in the fall!
Kindergarten: Check out the pictures below of Kindergarten practicing their sight word song, and using their googley eye reading tools to help them find sight words in their sight word reader books!
The fourth and fifth graders gear up to present their puppet show of the "Fabulous Four Friends: Reading Buddies" to the Kindergarten and First Grade classes.
Look at all of the awesome pictures from the K-2 Literacy Carnival!
In 2nd Grade, we have finished our model curriculum unit about animals and habitats. For our CEPA or final project we started by using the Chromebooks to do our research. Each child chose an animal and habitat that they wanted to learn more about. They were asked to inquire using three questions they wanted answers to, and then research to find the answers. Check out these zookeepers and their final projects! They came out so great! These second graders shared in front of a small Kindergarten group and peers in their second grade class. Awesome!
In third grade, we read the text, "The Story of Pizza" and discussed the main idea and details of the text and then explained our ideas on a pizza. We used the whole pizza as the main idea and the toppings as the details. We enjoyed learning about the history of pizza...YUM!
Just some April reminders...1. MCAS is coming soon! Make sure we are all healthy, rested, and have a good breakfast before testing days! I will be helping with testings so services will be interrupted. 2. Grades K-2: Please return the March and April sight word game participation papers if you've been playing! 3. All Grades: I have sent home the TELL Progress Monitoring scores. Please sign one copy and return. First grade math night was a huge success...check out the pictures below. Also, BIG NEWS: the very first Literacy Carnival is coming up next Tuesday, April 10, 2018 from 6:00-7:30 for grades K-2! Hope to see you there!
We've had such a productive month in Room 2! In Kindergarten, we've added a lot to our weekly agendas. Our time together now includes making, reading, and writing C-V-C words, reading sight word reader books, practicing our letter sound fluency, and nonsense words! In first grade, we've been working on using our vocabulary words in an activities like Four Square, BINGO, and Vocabulary Roll-a-Word.In second grade, we've made it to the end of our MCU and are beginning our final projects on animals and their habitats. Stay tuned for lots of pictures of our "Exhibits for the Pittsfield Zoo." In Grades 3-5, we've been gearing up for MCAS and continuing to work on our comprehension skills. Check out the pictures of the last lesson in our second grade MCU on conjunctions. We had two read-alouds about conjunctions, listened to the song, "Conjunction, Conjunction," created an anchor chart together, and had fun "glueing" our sentences together by joining compound sentences. Here's to hoping for spring to be on the way soon!
It’s been so great getting back into a routine since all of our assessments. Check below for our February updates. Also, grades K-2-please remember to practice your sight words using the games I’ve sent home and sign and return one copy of the letter. Grades 3-5-excellent job with the Family Links...keep up the great reading and thinking!
Kindergarten learned a new letters and sounds song about valentines. We used this song to practice our speaking and listening skills by echo reading, and by choosing glitter hearts with letters to review all of the letters and sounds we’ve learned so far. These past three weeks, we’ve learned the letters-h, l,and g. We used movement to practice our new letters. We grew like flowers and climbed ladders. Also take a look at how we used played letter sound cover for the letter h. We used dot markers to dab pictures that begin with the letter l. We sorted picture cards for words that begin with G. As always we finished up with our exit ticket-this time we used a “Clip it ticket” where students had to use a clothespin to find the word that begins with the letter of the week. When we return we will do the letter E. The order after that is as follows-J, W, U, V, Z,Y. We will then begin putting sounds together to create c-v-c words!
1st grade practiced our decoding strategies by using our animal reading buddies and leveled readers. I’m so impressed with the first graders progress and ability to solve tricky, unknown words by using these strategies. I will be sending home bookmarks that also have these strategies on them. Try asking your child what strategy they used today!
2nd grade has been continuing to work on the animals and habitats unit. We are gearing up for our final project. We’ve worked on reviewing past skills including new content vocabulary, prepositions, adjectives, the inquiry process, and learned about our last habitat-the grasslands. The pictures below show our vocabulary review BINGO game, “Where’s the Elephant?” Preposition game, and work on our animal habitat captions for grasslands.
Grades 3-5 accomplished a lot in February. The highlight of the month though was this month’s new vocabulary game-Scoot. Each week students in all groups are taught new vocabulary words on Monday. These are vocabulary words that will be seen all week long. Tuesday in our reading of our new book, Wednesday in learning conversations, and Thursday in our writing. After being introduced to the new words, students got a fun chance to practice these words playing Scoot. Scoot is an interactive, engaging, fast-paced game that can be played with any content. We used our vocabulary words and definitions on cards as we circulated through the room listening to music. Every time the music stopped, the students had to “scoot” to the next vocabulary task card and record their vocabulary answer on their recording sheet. So fun! Students are looking forward to playing one more time when we get back from break and then in March it’s onto a new vocabulary game!
I hope everyone has a very relaxing, healthy, February vacation and I look forward to getting back at it when we return!
Welcome back! I hope you all had a fantastic break. There have been lots of assessments going on this month. We've had our ELL ACCESS testing, FASTBRIDGE winter benchmarking, and TELL progress monitoring. We will be back in groups next week and we all can't wait! I hope grades K-2 have been enjoying playing the POP! sight word game this month. Also, I hope grades 3-5 have been working on and reviewing the comprehension skills we've learned this month by watching the video clips, reading nightly, and playing the games linked on their page. We all look forward to getting back together next week and learning in our group!
December was another very busy and exciting month. In Kindergarten, one of the areas that we worked on for comprehension was comparing and contrasting. Check our our hula hoop venn diagram which shows the similarities and differences in Polar Bears and Panda Bears. In first grade, we continued working on our writing skills by writing reading responses based on our Reading Street leveled reader texts. Second grade has started something brand new. We have begun our Model Curriculum Unit on Animals and Where They Live. Check out the pictures below of our animal habitat photo gallery where we practiced asking wh- and h- questions about the photographs. We also read some very interesting National Geographic articles about ocean creatures. Third, Fourth, and Fifth grades have continued to work on comprehension skills including cause and effect, main idea and details, and sequencing using various science and social studies connected texts.
Wow, this sure did seem like a short month! There was a lot going on including some fun learning in ELL! Check out the sight word games and reciprocal teaching that has been happening. Pictured below is Kindergarten singing and playing, "Turkey, Turkey" while practicing their letters and sounds the last time before break. First grade enjoyed reviewing all of this month's sight words while playing, POP! Second grade practiced reading and writing their sight words with a word work center of their choice. Pictured below are pictures of both "Chalkboard Write" and "Magic White Write." Grades 3-5, working on practicing their reciprocal teaching using puppets and National Geographic Magazines. If you haven't done so already, grades K-2, please be sure to return the signed copy of the sight word game that was sent home. Grades 3-5, please return the first "Family Links" homework. Thank You! Have a great Thanksgiving break! I know I have a lot to be thankful for, including each and every one of these students that make Room 2 a happy place to be!
It feels so great to be at school and in a routine. I can't believe it is October already. Our groups got a bit of a late start due to the new assessments that have been taking place. We have been testing in both reading and math using a new system called FastBridge. ELL students have also been benchmarked using the new TELL assessment system. I look forward to discussing these results at conferences!
During our small group instruction time, we are focusing on improving our English skills in the four domains of reading, writing, speaking, and listening while supporting the Reading Street Core. We are together five times a week for thirty minutes. We are on a five day cycle of learning where each day builds on our understanding of the lesson the day before. You can see a brief overview of what we do each day below.
Day 1: VOCABULARY! We begin with a vocabulary/language warm up using conversation cards, talking sticks, or detail dice. Grades 3-5 also have a word of the week warm up. Then we are introduced to the week's new vocabulary words, pictures, and definitions. We hear the word, see the word, say the word, and use the word. These are the words that they will see in the next day's text. Next we use sentence starters to explain why the pictures, words, and definitions match. Finally, we enjoy a vocabulary game using these newly learned words. The game for the month of October was called, Rolling, Rolling, Rolling!
Day 2: READING! First, we review the vocabulary from the day before. Next, we preview the book through a picture walk/talk. Then we watch a short video clip which highlight's the week's comprehension skill or strategy that we are working on. We choose how we'd like to read the text from our reading choice list. Choices include silent independent reading, choral reading, echo reading, teacher read-aloud, or buddy reading. We then read a Reading Street text which is connected to the same concepts being taught in their classroom. We finish with a wrap-up of the day's skills taught through some typeof formative assessment.
Day 3: SPEAKING & LISTENING! On day 3, we begin by rereading the text from the day before. Then we engage in a speaking and listening task by participating in a learning conversation based off of the reading. We are working on checking our comprehension, using vocabulary words correctly in conversation, using evidence to explain our thinking, and answers questions beyond the text.
Day 4: WRITING! The next day, we begin our writing which is based off of the reading of the week. This writing is in the form of a reading response and again students are encouraged to use vocabulary words within in their writing as well. We check our work independently and with a buddy using C.O.P.S. and Color Pencil Editing. After everyone is finished, we take turns sitting in the "Author's Chair" to share our work and again practice our speaking and listening skills. This lets students work on speaking loudly and clearly in front of an "audience." As well as practices our listening skills by being an "active audience" and being good critics who can give feedback in the form of specific compliments and respectful suggestions.
Day 5: SIGHT WORDS & COMPREHENSION!
On Fridays, grades K-2 are working on sight word practice. Our agenda includes review past and present sight words, a song, "fun write" of the words, movement sticks, and a sight word game. This month's game was "Roll and Stamp!" Look for that game coming home next week!
Grades 3-5 are focusing on comprehension. Our agenda includes review using our anchor chart and a song, choosing roles, and then using props and puppets to engage us in reciprocal teaching of high interest level texts. This month we've been reading National Geographics while using the reading strategies including predicting, questioning, clarifying, and summarizing. Look out for the "Family Links" weekly homework to practice these strategies!
Hi! I'm Mrs. Kosiorek and I'm excited to share all of the fun learning going on in Room 2 in our K-5 ELL program! My goal is to update our blog monthly. Please enjoy and don't forget to leave a comment!