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Miss Butler’s first grade class read, spelled and pronounced words together as they rotated from group to group.
Last week, Provo Peaks students in Miss Butler’s class were using multiple methods to learn. Using computers, magnets, books and flashcards, each student had an opportunity to see reading in a new way. The class was split up into a few groups and each group focused on a different method of learning. One group of students was using computers to learn about spelling and reading. A word would pop up on their screen and they would listen to it through headphones. They would then have to match sounds the words made with pictures.
Meanwhile, another group was using letter magnets on a metal board to learn about spelling. With Miss Butler’s help, the students would spell out a word and then act it out. For example, if the word was “crush”, they would put “c,r,u,s,h” on the board, say the word and then use their hand to make a corresponding action.
Another activity that the first graders did was point to words in a book that made a certain sound, such as “sh.” The students would then point out all the words that made the “sh” sound, like “shake.” After they were done with one activity, they rotated to a different group to do another one with a different teacher.
The activities done in this lesson helped accomplish the first grade core standard to “segment spoken single-syllable words into their complete sequence of individual sounds (phonemes)” and to “read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension”. These core standards are beginning steps in fully understanding how to read.
The lesson for class today had variety and purpose. With any classroom, there are kids who learn through different methods. By incorporating multiple ways of teaching, Miss Butler was able to help all students understand their goal for today. Through utilizing inclusive lessons, all first graders will be able to reach their fullest potential and develop the skills necessary to become great life-long readers.