While others see the end in sight, I am still 6 weeks away from sweet, sweet summer. There is definitely a countdown going around, but we still have a ways to go!
I am using this limited time to really prepare my first graders for the rigor of 2nd grade. One way we do this is through our close reading passages in small groups. I love this time of year because all but one of my small groups can complete these with little guidance from me.
There they go, reading with highlighters and pencils in hand - swoon!
My groups complete either a fiction or non-fiction passage each week during their independent reading time I check in with my higher groups when they are finished with the vocabulary and comprehension pages and I check in with my middle group as they complete it to make sure they are going back into the text and gathering evidence to support their answers.
Our fiction passage for the week!
Comprehension page to answer after they read the text.
The fiction passage for the week! This little guy is highlighting the vocabulary words in the text (tropical, treetops, rigid) before he uses context clues to figure out the meaning of the word and complete the sentence frames.
I am hoping this act of reading and re-reading a story closely will better prepare my students for 2nd grade in a few short months!
The passages above can be found in my Close Reading Summer unit! All four seasons can be found below for a discounted price: