District first grade students have been working on a reading unit which taps into the power of play. Students are moving into reading texts with increased complexity. To encourage early readers to tackle challenges, they are invited to play “word detectives”. The reading unit supports word-solving skills in a way that feels playful.
Students learn to locate difficult words and use what they already know to solve those words. Then, the focus shifts to high-frequency words. As their bank of frequency words grows, they can use those words to help solve newly encountered words. Finally, readers look closely at words and apply phonics knowledge to solve words. The unit will culminate with the opportunity to use word-solving skills to solve a mystery in class.
Dr. Monaghan, K-12 Supervisor of Instruction and Language Arts, recently visited first grade classes to rally readers to take on the challenge of becoming word detectives to use everything they know to solve any reading problems.