Kids reading
    Please continue to work on the Remote Learning Plans.  Please check your child's class page for information on how to access the plans.  Please visit our newly updated Supporting Our Students, Parents, and Each Other Page on the district website. 
    Welcome Readers! 
    Welcome to my page!  I am gald you came to visit! Check out the information below and if you have any questions, you can reach me at smorales@jacksonsd.org
    Here are some things you can do at home if you choose:
     Magnetic Letter Fun at home!
    If you do not have magnetic letters at home, you can print these letter cards.  Print multiple copies if you need multiples of certain letters.


    1. MAKING WORDS Have children make as many different words as they can. Each time they make a word have them write it on a sheet of paper. You may want to challenge them to make as many two-, three- and four-letter words as they can.

    2. MAKING NEW WORDS Build several words and show the children how to change, add, or take away a letter or letters to make a new word. Examples are: cat, can, man, men, met, tap, clap, claps, flaps, flips, flipped, slipped.

    3. RHYMING PAIRS Use a magnetic cookie sheet. With magnetic letters, make a word such as cut. Say the word and have the child say a rhyming word and make it with magnetic letters below it. Sometimes rhyming words will be spelled differently so you may need to show the child the new spellings (new, blue, hope, soap)

    4. ADDING ENDINGS Make an action word such as read, sew, plant. Invite the child to add as many different endings as possible (reads, reading, reader; sew, sewing, sews; plant, plants, planted, planting, planter).

    5. CHANGING VOWELS Make a sample three-letter word. Ask the child to change the vowel to make a new word (for example, cat, cut, cot; hop, hip; hat, hit, hot, hut).

    6. SYLLABLE GAME Say a word and then make it with magnetic letters. Have the child say another word with the same number of syllables and make it with magnetic letters (dog, play; cabin, rocket).

    7. HIGH FREQUENCY WORD PRACTICE There are some words that children use many times when they read or write. Request a list of high frequency words your child needs to know. Have the child make the word, mix up the letters, and make the word again three times each.

    8. BUILDING WORDS Give your child a pile of letters and tell him to make and write as many words as he can.

    9. MISSING LETTERS Make the last part of a word such as __ick, __air, __ell and have the child put one or two letters in the beginning to make a real word (chick, chair, spell). Repeat the process with one or two missing letters at the end of words.

    10. HAVE FUN!

     Click the link for the full list of 25 activities 

    25 Ways to Use Magnetic Letters  



    Mo Willems Did you know that you can watch some of our favorite authors read books online?  I am going to share a few of my favorites with you and show you what they have been up to. 


    I think Mo Willems is one of the best authors because he writes really funny books!  Did you know that he illustrates his books too?  Mo Willlems is the author of all 25 of the Elephant and Piggie books, the Pigeon series, and the Knuffle Bunny series just to name a few. Check out Lunch Doodles with Mo each day at 1:00 to make doodles, learn about how he writes his books, and take a peek inside his studio.  I can't believe how much I have learned from Mr. Willems just by watching!  Here are a few of his episodes:


    Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems 1

    Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems 2

    Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems 3

    Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems 4



    Peter Reynolds Another one of my favorite authors is Peter Reynolds.  I love his books because they make you feel good about yourself.  You may have heard of The Dot, Ish, and Sky Color.  You may have even celebrated International Dot Day in your classroom.  Some friends even created dots with Ms. Martinez in art this year.  I saw them on the bulletin board in the hall and they were BEAUTIFUL!  Peter Reynolds is reading his books to kids everyday at 12:00 right here.  I am sharing a few of the books he read last week:


    Peter Reynolds reading The Word Collector

    Peter Reynolds reading The Dot

    Peter Reynolds reading Ish

    Peter Reynolds Reading Say Something




    If you want to check out other authors reading books aloud, click here.