We sing daily in reading class. The lyrics are shown on the wall with a DLP projector. Students read the words as they sing. This helps students build fluency. They learn to read words in chunks, and look for familiar phrases. We also work on vocabulary. Since we started this several years ago, it has consistently improved students' reading levels, and improved test scores. It also is a great way to learn while having fun.
Currently we are singing Welcome to the 60's. This is from the movie Hairspray.
We are revising the friendly letters. We have been working on writing on topic, and supporting that with details from the book. We are also editing with focus on capitalization, punctuation, and correct letter format.
A student (who I won't name Shayna) followed the rules for capitalization to the T. Our NOTES for the day were:
1.first word in a sentence
2.proper nouns—names of people, places, and things
3.first letter of words in a title
When this unnamed student (Shayna) brought up her paper, every I on the page was in cap's. The NOTES now say, "I when used as a word." She made my afternoon and I am still smiling about it.
Congrats to our Study Island Students of the Day, Shelby C. and Caleb F.
Read at Home Logs are due tomorrow--Friday, September 7.