Reading - our mini books

Last week my grade 1s practiced their first winter mini book. This week we will be making a second one! I kept the third book from the file for my grade 2s, as the sentence structures and vocabulary were harder. 

Here are some pictures of the finished books. For this book, I chose to have them cut the pictures and glue them into their book. Next week, for the different book, they will be reading and drawing their own pictures. 

They kept their finished books at school and used them during Read to Self, and then took them home to practice at home. I uploaded a video to youtube (here and here) so that they could practice at home! 

I also just made up some for Valentine's day! I have a really hard time finding French books that match the reading levels/vocabulary bank of my students. Even the simple French books tend to have sentence structures that are challenging for second language learners. They get really excited about the mini books because they're able to be successful with each book as they learn to read over the year. 


Assessment in Grade 1 FI

I recently posted a file that I have been using this past month to help with assessing my students. 

It includes a variety of different activities for reading, writing, listening, and oral production. 

Here are some of the included activities: 

Below is a template for your listening test. Choose 12 winter words that you want to test your students on. To help see what each student knows, you can have them spread around the room. I read one word at a time, giving them time to think and draw. I find this helpful to know which of my students need more practice on the vocabulary. 

Below is the sheet I use to see what words my students can produce. This is more challenging for them than hearing and drawing the word. I point to each square and they tell me the word. Depending on where your students are, you could also have them use the vocabulary in a sentence as well. 

This is some writing practice - students can read the sentence and fill in the blanks with a word that makes sense. They can practice reading and writing for this one! 

To complete this activity, students need to read and then draw a picture to match what they read. I find it to be a helpful check-in for reading comprehension. 

I hope that you find some of these helpful! 

What are you using in your classroom to assess all the different French strands? 

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