Last week the students practiced identifying details in a story to support their answers. They read a short story called "A Better Community." Students identified important story details and the main idea of the story. Then, they drew conclusions about the lesson. Students wrote their answers and practiced writing in complete sentences. We use the CUPS mnemonic device as a strategy to remind the children about what to look for when checking over written work. The C stands for capitalization. The U stands for understanding. The P stands for punctuation. And the S stands for spelling.
This week, the students read "Our Garden" from the book The Stories Julian Tells. We summarized the story by breaking it into four main parts. Then, we used textual details to support our understanding of and draw conclusions about characters. Finally, we practiced using context clues to define a vocabulary word.
I encourage the students to use CUPS in their classroom writing. They could even write the letters on their paper and use it as a checklist just like Tristan did in class. Way to go Tristan!