In 2KM and 2KJ, we spend two hours every day on our Literacy Block.
Literacy is so important. It means the ability to read, write, spell, listen and speak.
This is how we run our Literacy Block…
We look at our class blog and check how many visitors we have on our Clustrmap (we start our Literacy Block by doing some maths!). We read our new comments and usually look at one of our blogging buddies’ blogs too. Through blogging we learn so much about reading, writing, spelling, communicating and more. It has so many benefits!
2. Independent Reading
We all read a “good fit” book to ourselves. That means a book that we can read, understand and meets our purpose and interests. At the moment we read for about 10 minutes but we’re working on building our stamina so we can read for longer. The best way for us to get better at reading is to practise, practise and practise our reading strategies.
3. Reading Strategy
We all get together on the floor while our teacher reads us a story and shows us how to use a reading strategy. This week we’re focussing on the comprehension strategy, check for understanding. That means checking if you’ve understood what you’ve read after each page.
We keep our reading strategies and individual reading goals on our 2KM and 2KJ Reading CAFE Strategies bulletin board. This is a work in progress that we have just started! We will fill it up with lots of strategies that we have learnt by the end of the year!
4. Reading Groups
We work in groups on activities to help us with our reading, writing and spelling. Our taskboard tells us what we are working on each day. The names of our groups are Indonesian colours. We rotate through five activities during the week and also spend time with our teacher.
Read to Someone: We read a “good fit” book to a partner. They then read their book to us. We have to practise, practise, practise to meet our goals! If we don’t have anyone to read to, Leo is always there to listen to us!
Work on Writing: Blogging is a fantastic way for us to practise our writing. We leave a comment on our class blog or one of our buddies’ blogs. An adult like Mrs Mullen or Mrs Gray helps us read over our comment.
Listen to Reading: We listen to a story on the iPod Touch. This week our story is Puss in Boots. We draw what we’re picturing in our heads while we listen.
Spelling: We practise our M100W, M200W or Spelling Challenge words. Our teachers show us a different way to practise our words each week. This week we are making triangle words.
Word game: Word games like Making and Breaking help us learn about sounds. This helps us with our reading and spelling.
Work with the Teacher: During reading groups our teacher meets with us individually to listen to us read and help us meet our reading goals. We meet with our teacher a few times each week.
We finish Reading Groups with share time where we talk about how we went trying out the reading strategy we talked about today.
The last part of our Literacy Block is writing. On Mondays we do journal writing about our weekend. Once a week we do handwriting. On the other days we do all sorts of different types of writing and our teacher shows us new strategies to help us improve our skills.