The first unit in ReadyGen is Connecting to Our World. In this unit students have been reading Stellaluna by Janell Cannon and also Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel. The theme of the unit is relationships. Students have been focusing on retelling stories and story elements such as characters, setting, events, and vocabulary. Some important vocabulary words in this unit were: escaped, survived, trembling, perched, and embarrassing. Both stories can be found on Youtube.com.
The next books that we will cover in this unit are Elephants and Their Calves and What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? The second book is an informational book about animal’s body parts and their functions (click on the link for a peek.) Students will learn some very interesting facts about animals. For example, do you know what animal squirts blood from its eyes? Your child will learn this fact and more with our next book.
Please remember that students should be reading every day and making an entry on their reading logs. This should include Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.
When listening to your child read, ask them questions about what they have read. For example: Who are the characters? Where does the story take place? What happened first, next, then, after that, last or finally in the story? When reading informational books ask your child to tell you about an interesting fact. You can support your child by asking them to prove where the information came from. It is what we call “text-based evidence.”
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
Know and use various text features (e.g., headings, tables of contents, glossaries, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text.
Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.