South Orangetown Central School District

First graders in Michelle Rossi and Lindsay Holihan’s class at William O. Schaefer Elementary School are learning how to read like a “reading star” as part of their current reading unit.

First graders visited WOS teachers Shannon Fraher and Crystal Carrion’s kindergarten class to showcase their hard work and read aloud to the kindergarten students. Leading up to the visit, the kindergarten students also prepared special bookmarks to give to the first graders to thank them for coming in and reading to them. “This was the culmination of our unit “Readers Have Big Jobs to Do” in Reader’s Workshop. The students learned how to be reading stars by scooping up lots of words, using loud, clear voices and showing feeling,” said Holihan. “The first graders were so excited to share all that they had learned with the kindergartners. We are so proud of our reading stars!”

During their “Readers Have Big Jobs to Do” unit, first grade students learn to take charge of their reading by using a greater variety of word-solving strategies. Students are encouraged to use all they know to read with fluency and comprehension as the text complexity increases.

First grader reading to kindergartener