As we do each day, my students gather on our classroom rug to hear a story. On this particular occasion, it is the 100th Day of School, and I am sharing a book that has characters familiar to my students--Miss Bindergarten and her class.
Boys and girls, I have a story to share and it is about some characters that you know. How many of you remember Miss Bindergarten and her students? As we listen to this story, look to see if there are any words around their classroom like we have around ours. Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for the 100th Day of Kindergarten
I am setting the tone for the objective of today's lesson: I can help to make a list of 100 words. When I have finished reading the story, we will make comparisons between our classroom and Miss Bindergarten's.
Did anyone notice some things that were the same in Miss Bindergarten's classroom as in our room? Did you see any words on the walls? Point to an area in our classroom where you see words. We have words all over this room. This is important for you to notice, because our work today involves this information.
Reading and writing are viewed as interdependent activities. Children learn to read as they write and learn to write as they read. Children want to use language because the have meaningful things to communicate. When I give my students opportunities to write, I am strengthening their reading as well. At first filling in a 100 words chart can seem daunting, but once the children realize that they have until the end of the year to finish it, they have less fear. There are also those children who think they do not know 100 words, but by the end of the year, they are surprised by what they know.
I have constructed a chart with numbers 1-100. At each of the numbers, I am challenging you to write a word that you can read. We will fill in the big chart together as a team. When the chart is filled in , we will hang it in the hallway so the other classes can see all the words you know.
While you are waiting to write on the chart, you will have your own page to write as many words as you can read. The key is to be able to read the words to me, so you may not write down any words that you cannot read. You will also need to write neatly so that you can read what you have written. When you have filled in your list, I will ask you read it to me.
I know that not all of you will be able to write 100 words today, and especially not read the whole list, but this something we can continue to work on until the end of the year. We will work for 15 minutes on this list, and then we will put it away in our writing folders. Sometime this week, I will ask you to bring it to me so that I can look over your words and you can read the list to me. When you have extra time, you can add more words to your list. You can also add any new words that you have learned how to read as I teach you new sight words. I think you will be surprised as to how many words you can read.
By assessing the words lists over a period of time, the children are thrilled to show me the new words that they have added, and I can spend a longer time with each child.