Third Graders Take Reading Oath

3rd graders pledge 2Third graders pledge to be Foxy Readers.  Foxy Readers earn points to spend at the Foxy Reader Depot on January 7th.  If they return their calendars to Room 3, they earn a book as well.

READ ON, FOXY READERS!3rd graders pledge

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First Grade Reading Friends

first grade readomg friendscooper and daliah

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First Grade Readers Rock!

Mrs. Watson and 1st grade readersFirst grade readers practice with Mrs. Watson.  They keep their place by tracking with their fingers. This also helps beginning readers develop 1:1 correspondence and understand what a word is. These students have mastered those concepts of print!

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First Grade Readers can self-correct!

1st graders can self-correctAnastasia is pointing to our learning target:  I can self-correct.

First grade readers are learning many different strategies to solve word problems and make their reading make sense.  thumbs up

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LAP Progress Reports

So you've received your child's progress report and have some questions–WHAT DO ALL THESE NUMBERS REALLY MEAN?  WHY ARE THERE SO MANY READING LEVELS?  HELP!

Follow this link to see a chart of reading levels and how one system compares with another  At the bottom of the chart you will see the different criteria that are considered when leveling reading. 

Whew!  Reading is really brain science!


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Please join me on Tuesday, October 14th from 6:00-7:00 in the FOX library to learn more about your child’s LAP reading program. Parents with students in LAP Math will join math specialist, Christy Kline for the LAP Math Meeting in Room 3 from 6:45-7:30.

Reading agenda items include:

  • What is the Learning Assistance Program?
  • How did my child qualify for LAP?
  • What do all these test numbers and levels mean?
  • What does my child do in LAP?
  • How often will I get an update on my child’s reading?
  • How can I help my child at home?  Homework?
  • LAP Teacher-Parent-Child Compact/ Agreement and Parent Involvement Policy
  • LAP Literacy Backpack program K-2
  • LAP Family Games
  • Volunteering for the LAP program
  • Your questions

I am looking forward to meeting you all soon.

Sincerely, Gretchen McLellan, Reading Specialist

Please contact me at to let me know if you plan to attend and what agenda items are most important to you. Please visit my teacher site (see FOX homepage for link) for more information about the LAP program and reading.

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LAP Permission Letters

Please check your child's backpack for LAP Permission Letters that have been sent home with eligible first, second, and third graders. Parents sign the second page and return it with their child. Students with signed letters will begin reading class on the following dates:

First and Second Grade:  Thursday, 25 September

Third Grade:  Monday, 29 September

Fourth and Fifth Grades:  TBA

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School-wide AIMSweb testing

The FOX assessment team listened to every student in grades 2-5 read this week.  Each student read for one minute from three different grade-level passages.  The middle score from each of these passages gives a WCPM or words correct per minute rate score and a snapshot of fluency.  Washington State has benchmark fluency goals for students at each grade level as measured by WCPM.  Students will receive a 3 on their reportcards if they are at grade-level, and 4 if they are above grade-level.

Students in 1st grade: 

  • named letters and sounds (rapid naming is highly correlated with reading success)
  • showed how they can segment words into sounds (a necessary skill for reading and writing). The word cat has three phonemes /c/ /a/ /t/. The ablility to distinguish and manipulate phonemes is called phonemic awareness. The ability to rhyme is one phonemic awareness skill
  • and read nonsense words.  For example, moz or lat.  This skill shows if students know the consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) pattern in words, letter sounds, and if they can blend.  
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Top Literacy Apps

Looking for apps to help your child learn letters and sounds, learn phonics, improve reading comprehension, spelling or writing?  Here are top apps rated by Reading Rockets.  Explore and enjoy!

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Reading and the Brain

Links for excellent programs on reading and the brain

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