Shared Reading: We Are Healthy

As we continue to learn about being a good person, we will be exploring why it is important to make healthy choices when we eat. Our shared reading this week is directly linked to Canada’s Food Guide located here.

In Grade 1 we will be focusing on the four food groups and the number of suggested servings for 6 & 7 year olds. We are hoping that through our exploration the children will begin to understand why it is important to choose items from each food group at every meal. Each food group helps out a different part of our growing bodies and together they give us the energy we need to survive.

Here is our poem: We Are Healthy

Our word family is the EEP Word Family

Shared Reading: A Good Citizen

This week we are learning about citizenship. This ties nicely into the question we have been exploring in our class since the first day of school: How can you be a good member of our school family?

Here is a copy of our shared reading this weeK: A Good Citizen

The staff at Winona regularly promote being a good citizen and this is a topic often discussed at school. Please take some time to look over the poem and see what your family already does to be good citizens in our community and what things you can try to incorporate into your lives. Some ideas we have discussed in class so far are:
-buying big containers of yogurt and using reusable containers to serve lunches in instead of lots of little containers
-donating all used clothes to the places that collect them
-cleaning up litter at the local park
-joining in on community events and getting to know the neighbours
-holding the door for people behind you at the store

Here is a song we are singing to help us understand this concept more. There are some American references but we be sure to speak to what this looks like in Canada!

Here is a Youtube video of a Citizenship Book:

Shared Reading: All About You

As our GEM book Little Nelly’s Big Book taught us, Curiosity always leads to more learning! So if we want to learn more, we need to be curious, and if we are curious then we need to ask questions. This weeks shared reading is all about asking questions and our word wall words are words that we use to start a question.

All About You


This week we have been looking at the question words: who, what, where, how, when, why

By asking questions about another member of our school family, we are beginning to learn more about each other and life outside of school.  Although we are all part of the same school family, sharing similar experiences and responsibilities, our experiences, roles and responsibilities often change when we are not at school and as we grow up.

You can be talking to your child about how roles and responsibilities change over time and in different situations.
-How your own roles and responsibilities are the same or different as your child’s when you were their age.
-How your roles and responsibilities have changed as parents throughout the different stages of your child’s life.
-How your child’s roles and responsibilities have changed throughout their life.
-How experiences such as a birth, a death, a divorce, a wedding or new relationship, a change of homes, or even a new pet affect the roles and responsibilities of everyone in the family and how they feel about that.
-How roles and responsibilities change within the home and community throughout the year as the seasons change.

This weeks word family is:  ake family

Shared Reading: A Bed in the Leaves

This week we will continue to explore the season of autumn and how our 5 senses help us to learn about the living things in the changing world around us by reading the poem posted below for shared reading.

A Bed In The Leaves

Our word family this week is the ed Familyed Family

In phonics this week will continue to practice blends and then using the Chunky Monkey strategy when we see a blend or word family ‘chunk.’ Please click on the Phonics Videos tag or HERE to review the blend videos.

Shared Reading: Courage

This week’s shared reading is linked to the theme of courage and bravery as Remembrance Day falls on Friday of this week.

We will continue to review the reading strategies: Eagle Eye, Stretchy Snake and Flippy Dolphin but our focus during shared reading will be Chunky Monkey! Please check out the blends videos under the Phonics Tag on the blog! Also, pointing out “Chunky Monkey” when you see it while with reading with your child may help your child to start to see these “chunks” (blends, word families) on their own! Please keep in mind it takes time for children to move from sounding out each letter (Stretchy Snake) to using blends, digraphs, diphthongs and other spelling patterns (Chunky Monkey) when reading so be patient, it will happen!

Here is our Poem: Courage

Our Word Family this week is the  -ow family. A few of these words have “Chunky Monkey” at the beginning of them too!


Shared Reading: How I Know It’s Fall

Fall weather seems to have finally arrived so we will observe the changes in the world outside our classroom wonder window and we will also be learning about the changes we see during our Shared Reading of this poem below.

We will continue to review the reading strategies Eagle Eye and Stretchy Snake but we will be focussing on Chunky Monkey and Flippy Dolphin! Click on the Phonics Videos Tag to review these skills with your child.


Our word family this week is the -ay family.

-ay Family

Shared Reading: OK Blue Jays!

This week for shared reading we will be cheering for the Jays! The children have been really excited about the games so we thought that it would be a fantastic idea to tie our shared reading to the children’s excitement.

We will be continuing to review the reading strategies:

  1. Eagle Eye
  2. Stretchy Snake
  3. Flippy Dolphin

We will be introducing a strategy that is very helpful for children called Chunky Monkey! Over the next several weeks and months we will be exploring blend, digraphs, diphthongs, r-controlled vowels and other “chunks” found in words! As the children develop this skill they will move away from strictly using “Stretching Snake” (sounding out letter by letter) into chunking sounds together to become more fluent readers. Look for tips, games and videos to help your child move to this next stage in their reading development coming to the blog soon! Some children take longer to move from sounding out letter by letter to chunking groups of letters so please just observe how your child is reading and maybe tackle a few new words together using the “Chunky Monkey” strategy so that it becomes familiar!


Here is a link to our poem/chant: OK Blue Jays!

Our word family this week is the -all family! OK Blue Jays is filled with lots of word family chunks we will be exploring also! See if you can find some “Chunky Monkey” in the poem!


Check out the video!

Shared Reading: Apple Tree

This week’s shared reading is a big book of a song called Apple Tree. We will continue to talk about the reading strategies below and we will begin learning about some tricky vowel rules!

  1. Eagle Eye (use picture clues to help you understand the story)
  2. Stretchy Snake (sound out the letters)
  3. Flippy Dolphin (if the word doesn’t make sense try the other sound the vowel makes)

Some of the words from the song are posted below.

Apple Tree

This book and song are filled with great learning opportunities. It will help the children continue to connect to the concept of the four seasons that we are using our 5 senses to explore this year in first grade. This song is about a family using apples picked during harvest time in the fall to create different apple products. The life cycle of an apple is also explored in this big book which help the children connect to the concept of living things and what they need to survive. Thanksgiving weekend is coming up and it might be a fun time to go apple picking and make some of the apple products the children sing about this week during shared reading.

We will be exploring words that make up the -ee family. Click below for -ee family words. Can you find the -ee chunk in any of the books you read at home?

-ee Word Family

Here is a video to explore about the life cycle of an apple tree. Watch the videos and try to find other trees or plants that follow this cycle!

Shared Reading: My Apple Tree

The children have been very excited about the changes they are seeing in the world around them this month and they are learning to satisfy this curiosity by formulating good questions for us to investigate. When I was outside last week, many of the students at the school were asking me about the changing colours of the leaves. Apple harvest is an exciting time during the season of fall and I found this poem for shared reading this week about a tree through the seasons that I thought would answer some of the questions that the children have. I have also been telling the students that Thursday is my favourite day of the week because the ‘th’ sound lets me stick out my tongue. Many of our word wall words also have the ‘th’ sound and are in the poem.

My Apple Tree

This week we will do the following activities with the poem:
– We will talk about the meanings and “Google” the words bare and blossoms.

-We will discuss that it is important to think while you read so that you understand what you are reading. The children will use evidence from the text to draw the tree they read about in four different seasons.
-We will discuss poetry and rhyming words.

Our Word Family this week is the -ing Family

-ing Family

Watch this apple video with your child and talk about the new vocabulary introduced.