Each rocket contained 100 words that the students had been working on for the past several weeks. We call it simply capturing tricky words. The 100 words were words that each student could not read, spell, or did not know a definition for. To launch their rocket, each student had to capture 100 tricky words and write them neatly on their rocket, using correct spelling and manuscript style writing.
We also ended our session on Thursday with three puppet plays. Two of the puppet plays had been written by two of the students. We use puppet plays to teach reading fluency; it’s the best way. I was also especially proud of the teamwork and cooperation displayed by all of the students as they worked together to present their puppet plays. Working to become a cooperative cohesive group is one of the counseling strategies that we use at the reading clinic.
Next week, we start learning all about the ocean, especially coral reefs.