The Little Smarties Take on the Reading Olympians Challenge
First up, let me say how fun it was to be involved in the Reading Olympians Pass the Torch linky. Seriously, we had a ball!
So now, I’ll give you a run-down on how my Little Smarties went!
I completed this lesson with 13 (out of 15) of my Grade One students while the Preps (and the extra 2 Grade Ones) attended Investigations – our Developmental Play program. We did this activity in a 90-minute session on a Friday morning.
We started our lesson by reading The Story of Greek Roots, which was included in the Jr. Reading Olympians pack that I received, on my Interactive Whiteboard (IWB). We covered Etymology, Letters & Roots, etc – and had lots of great discussions along the way. As we discussed what a word root was, we brainstormed examples on the whiteboard and my kiddos started to get a feel for what we were talking about.
Next I introduced them to the Jr. Nike Word Roots that we would be learning about:
We read the roots, discussed the meaning, and thought up examples on our chart.
Next we completed the cloze activity:
We worked together as a group on the floor, read through the vocabulary boxes and sentences and used our new knowledge to select the correct word to finish the sentences.
Some of the best words a teacher can hear were spoken during this part of the session:
One of my below-average students sat up about half-way through filling in the words, looked at me and said, “Miss Galvin, this makes sense now. I get it!” And she did know, and she kept reiterating the word roots and meanings for the rest of the day. She was so proud of herself for understanding and applying her knowledge – and so was I!
Another kiddo from my class, ever perceptive, pointed out that the more words they solved, the easier it would be to pick words towards the end. (Not a bad observation!)
When we completed the cloze I had the class read their answers to a partner to check their answers and to practise the new vocabulary.
Finally we made a start on our Jr. Nike Word Root journals, starting with aqua.
We revisited the meaning of aqua, discussed images we could use to explain the meaning and came up with words containing our word root. You can see my IWB example above – my picture was initially just waves of water… by my kiddos quite cleverly turned around and told me to draw a tap (and who am I to refuse my Little Smarties?). You can also see the crossed out “acrobat” – we had a big discussion about why we couldn’t include acrobat in our aqua words (starting with noting that it doesn’t include ‘aqua’ in the spelling!).
See below for some examples from my class’ journals:
This really is a great program with a lot of benefits. I look forward to exploring it further with my kiddos next term!
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