We have been studying apples all week. We have been reading books, doing crafts, learning associated vocabulary and have worked on the life cycle of an apple. We introduced the apple life cycle through our interactive book:
We then read the big book, I Am An Apple by Jean Marzollo. It is a fantastic book about the life cycle with clear illustrations to help students really understand what is happening.
Next, we wrote a group paragraph about the book on our white board.
After reading the book, we started by talking about the title and author. Next, we begin writing the paragraph. Since it is early in the school year, I am writing a lot of the words. My writing is in black and students are sharing the orange dry erase marker.
Here are some of the ways we accommodated the different skill levels of students in the group. We didn’t break the group up by skill level. We wrote this paragraph with students of all different levels from working on letter identification up to students who are working on reading fluently and decoding skills.