Reading is a treasure

"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." - Walt Disney

"There is ample evidence that one of the major differences between poor and good readers is the difference in the quantity of total time they spend reading." - National Reading Panel, 2000

 

What's hoppin'?

    

           Week 39:  This week we will finish up our Verna Aardema author study, we still have one more book to read.  The students will also continue the habit of independently reading, which I HOPE will proceed throughout the summer. 

 

           Week 38:  This week we will finish up our Verna Aardema author study.  Last week the students heard one of her Mexican folktales but this week it is back to Africa. 

          ***DRAs are so close to being done. Your child’s updated information is going home this week.

        Week 37:  We will continue our author study of Verna Aardema this week. During the author study we have been practicing the skills of summarizing, as well as looking for the theme of the stories, the connections between her books, and so much more. The author study will now carry over into Writer’s Workshop since our reports are finished.

*** FYI-Only 9 more DRAs to go J

           Week 36:  We are well into our Verna Aardema author study.  She has retold many fascinating African folktales, which have included valuable life lessons.  We will continue our author study again this week.  This week we will dig into the biography of Verna Aardema, as well as read a few more of her tales. 

* I will also continue DRA testing this week.

        Week 35:  This week we will continue our Verna Aardema author study.  We have now read enough books to compare and contrast the elements!

 

        Week 34:  We will begin our author study of Verna Aardema this week.  She was an American folktale author.  During the author study we will be practicing the skill of summarizing, as well as looking for the theme of the stories, the connections between her books, and so much more!

 

        Week 33:  This week we will begin a poetry study in honor of poetry month.  We will look at their meanings and begin selecting poems for the poetry slam.  More info on the poetry slam will be coming soon!

 

      Week 32:  This week the students will be FCAT testing during Reader’s Workshop.  Any at home reading done this week (and logged on your child’s planner) will count as extra credit towards your child’s 4th nine weeks reading grade.

 

        Week 31:  This week we will continue to look at grade level passages and use everything that we have learned this year to think deeply about the text.  We will also work in reading centers. 

 

         Week 30:  This week we will take a practice FCAT test (with released test questions) and have an opportunity to discuss the passages, questions, and correct answers.  I will also use this information to determine groups as we work on reviewing the skill(s) that your child need(s).  

          We will also continue our FCIM reading with word work lessons.  Our focus will be on base/root words and affixes. 

 

         Week 29:  This week we will learn about how to identify and explain the author’s use of figurative language.  Figurative language makes interesting comparisons.  We will learn more about similes, metaphors, and personification, which are all examples of figurative language.   

 

         Week 28:  This week we will learn about how to identify and explain the author’s use of descriptive language.  Descriptive language creates a mood, feeling, or picture for the reader.  It helps the reader imagine how something looks, sounds, smells, tastes, or feels.   

 

         Week 27:  This week we will continue to learn about how to identify the structure/organization of the text we read.  This can be tricky because sometimes there is more than one “good” answer but we are always searching for the one that is best.   

 

          Week 26:  We have spent the last three weeks reading nonfiction and focusing on text features.  This week we will move to text structure.  Text structure is how the author has organized the text.  Some examples include compare/contrast, cause & effect, etc…

 

          Week 25:  This week we will continue to focus on how understanding text features can help us comprehend what we read (the “G” of BIG FOX).

 

          Week 24:  This week we will focus on our BIG FOX strategy with our Scholastic News magazines.  These are high interest nonfiction articles with grade level text and tons of great text features! You can get a copy of a great graphic organizer to use with the strategy on our classroom website.

 

          Week 23:  This week we will look at how understanding the structure of nonfiction (and its text features) can help us to comprehend what we read. 

          The students are also bringing home their updated DRA information.  Knowing your child’s reading level is very important when helping him/her find “just right” books. 

          

         Week 22:  This week we will spend a little bit more time identifying and describing the elements of story structure in fiction.  The students will also get a chance to review their winter data and update their reading goals.

         

        Week 21:  This week our focus in reading will be to identify and describe the elements of story structure, including character/character development, setting, plot, and problem/solution in a variety of fiction.   

 

          Week 20:  This week your child will take a practice FCAT test (I will share results with you as soon as I have them).  We will also review compare and contrast and I will continue the “winter” DRAs.

 

          Week 19:  This week we will piggyback on to Author’s Purpose as we learn about Author’s Viewpoint.  Author’s Viewpoint is the same as the author’s opinion, which is how the author feels about the subject or person in the text.

 

         Week 18:  This week we will look at Author’s Purpose.  The three main purposes that an author chooses to write are to persuade, inform, and entertain (PIE).  I would encourage you to talk about these purposes with your child at home during his/her at home reading.

 

         Week 17:  This week we will continue to work on the questioning strategy.  This week our focus will be on using this strategy with nonfiction and our Scholastic News magazines.  

 

        Week 16:  This week we will be working on the comprehension strategy of questioning.  This strategy requires your child to think deeply about what he/she is listening to and reading on his/her own.  There are four types of questions we will be exploring including: Right There, Think and Search, Author and You, and On my Own.  

 

        Week 15:  This week we will continue learning about how to identify the theme or message the author wants us to learn.  Fables are an excellent resource for developing this skill if you would like to practice more with your child at home.  

        

        Week 14:  This week we will begin learning about how to identify the theme or message the author wants us to learn.

 

        Week 13:  This week we will wrap up finding the main idea and supporting details in fiction.  Our next strategy will be identifying the theme or message the author wants us to learn.

 

        Week 12:  This week we will wrap up finding the main idea and supporting details in nonfiction.  Then we will move on to attacking the main idea and supporting details of fiction texts.  

 

        Week 11:  This week our focus will be on finding the main idea and supporting details of the texts we read.  We will focus on nonfiction text first as it tends to be a little easier and then we will move on to fiction texts.

 

         Week 10:  This week we will continue working with context clues to help us infer the meaning of unknown words.  We will also take our first unit test, which will be comprised of everything that we have learned this year.  Some of the skills include, but are not limited to, guide words, multiple meaning words and of course our previous reading strategies.  This will be an excellent gauge of how well your child has learned and retained the skills and strategies so far this year.

 

         Week 9:  This week we will examine ourselves as readers.  We will learn about metacognition (thinking about our thinking) as well as set several reading goals after reviewing our data (FAIR and DRA).  We will also look at how we can use context clues to help us infer the meaning of unknown words.  We will be VERY busy again this week!   

    ***FAIR Data came home with your child this week.  Please review the letter with the suggested strategies for ways to help your child become an even better reader at home!       

 

       Week 8:  This week we will continue to work with summarizing. We have been using the acronym SWBST.  SWBST stands for “Somebody Wanted But So Then.”  This week we will look at how we can summarize nonfiction articles.       

 

        Week 7:  This week we will focus on summarizing. We will use the acronym SWBST.  SWBST stands for “Somebody Wanted But So Then.”  Somebody is your main character, Wanted tells about the plot, But is the problem, So is the solution, and Then is anything that happens in the story after the problem is resolved.     

 

         Week 6:  This week we will focus on sequencing the events of a story so that we can tackle the larger strategy of summarizing.  These are two very important comprehension strategies!

 

          Week 5:  This week we will continue discussing the comprehension skill of Cause and Effect.  Then we will move on to sequencing.  Sequencing can be done with both fiction and nonfiction reading so we will be practicing this skill with both genres!  

 

           Week 4:  This week the students will take their first reading benchmark test of the year.  The results will be used to guide my instruction this year in reading.  This assessment will not be used as a grade but it is still very important that your child does his/her best.  We will also be working on cause and effect on the days that we will not be testing.

 

        Week 3:  We have spent the first two weeks learning about what Reader’s Workshop is and what it will look like in our classroom.  This week we are ready to move on to learning about our first comprehension strategy of the year.  Our focus this week will be on inferring.  We infer when we use the information in the text we are reading with our background knowledge to make guesses about the text. 

        ***DRA information coming home soon!!!

 

        Week 2:  Third grade is the year where your child will grow deeper as a reader.  It is important that your child is able to find a “just right” book so that he/she can work on his/her comprehension. I am currently in the process of completing DRAs (Developmental Reading Assessments) so that I can determine your child’s reading level. I will be sure to pass the information along to you once I have completed gathering all of the data. 

 

        Week 1:  This week your child will be learning the rituals and routines of his/her new classroom.  More great learning coming soon!