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Elementary Experiences - Mrs. Jenna Sagan

Monday, 8 February, 2016 - 11:17 am

 Mrs. Jenna Sagan - 2nd Grade Teacher

Reading is a vital part of our second grade curriculum. Second graders work with the Pearson Reading Street curriculum, as well as a variety of culturally relevant literature to develop reading skills. They ask questions, draw conclusions, and discuss short, weekly and bi-weekly reading selections. One of our favorite reading activities is “partner reading.” This learning strategy pairs two to three students together to work on an assigned text.

First, the students and I examine and explore the text of the week. We read and discuss key portions of the text, and I model a specific reading strategy or skill that I want the students to practice during partner reading time. We work as a group to identify any specific behaviors that are needed during that particular learning session, and we, as a class, set a learning goal for the partner reading time. Then, taking a page from our P.E. program, we assign an initial “Coach” and a “Player” for this reading period. During partner reading, each student has the opportunity to play both roles. The “Player” reads for a set period of time, as the “Coach” listens, correcting any reading errors or mistakes in the reading. After a given period of time, students pause, and discuss the learning goal of the session. Then, the students switch roles, and the “Coach” becomes the “Player”!

Partner reading allows all students to take turns reading aloud, and gives students opportunities to both give and receive structured feedback from their peers. It allows wonderful occasions for interactions between me and the students, as I circulate in the class, observe their growth, and offer individualized or small group attention to their reading fluency and comprehension. A few of our recent partner reading skills have included story retelling (speaking and listening skills), 10 word summarization (writing and editing practice), and plot point paragraphs (main idea and sequencing review). Students look forward to their special partner reading experiences, and are becoming wonderfully fluent readers as they interact and enjoy each other’s company!

Joshua Gilbert and Elias Greenwood work as Coach and Player to read a non-fiction text.jpg 

Joshua Gilbert and Elias Greenwood work as Coach and Player to read a non-fiction text.

Sheli Hattendorf and Tali Weingarten work together during partner reading.jpg 

Sheli Hattendorf and Tali Weingarten work together during partner reading.

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