Orton-Gillingham-based Language Arts 1: Allyson Villari’s class were excellent “word detectives” this week, identifying the sounds of digraphs -ck and -ch. They also worked on the “FLOSS” spelling rule, learning when to double f, l, s, and z at the end of words.
Orton-Gillingham-based Language Arts 2: Liz Ford’s class enjoyed Learning Locomotion this week. They used movement to work on body control, multi-step directions, and effective communication with one another, for better performance in the classroom.
Orton-Gillingham-based Language Arts 3: Lea Legault’s class worked with Lexia Core 5, an interactive computer program that supports the O-G lessons with reinforcement activities. Students in this class also learned how to expand a “bare bones” sentence into a “meatier” one by adding different parts of speech, such as adjectives and adverbs.
Orton-Gillingham-based Language Arts 4: Linda Bak’s class enjoyed an end-of-the-day game called “Detached Syllable Bingo,” which reinforces short vowel sounds in an interactive way. These students have been working on forming and correctly spelling words with short vowel sounds and letter blends at the beginning and/or end of the word.
Written Expression with Mathematics: Karen Seal’s class presented their Week One writing projects. Students brought in a mystery bag with objects that represented them. They then wrote a piece about one of the objects, making sure to focus on details and descriptive language, painting a strong mental picture for their audience when they presented.
Advanced Language Arts: Deb Phillips’ class continued to read King of the Mound interactively, focusing on aspects of plot, such as rising actions and transition words. Each morning, students have also enjoyed dissecting the Word of the Day, such as “internationally,” focusing on roots, prefixes and suffixes, as well as meaning and usage.