I feel like I apologize alot. Especially about how long it’s been since I’ve posted on here. But hey, here I am doing it again. Sorry–that’s just the way it is. I do have a full-time job, after all. 🙂
So I’m thinking I’m just going to give a quick overview of what’s been going on for the last month, and then I can hopefully come back more often and fill in the gaps. Hopefully.
Reading: For most of the month of October, we were working on text features in nonfiction and asking questions that help us better comprehend what we’re reading. I loved the text features project we did, where the kids were given a plain text (about the Iroquois, which we were studying in Social Studies) and asked to add text features to it that would help their reader better understand what was being presented. It was a great way to see how much they really understood about how pictures, diagrams, captions, headings, subtitles, etc., impact the reader. These turned out great, and most kiddos really got into it! We also practiced a strategy called Stop and Ask Questions, which is a mainstay in Making Meaning. As we read (picture books during Reader’s Workshop, chapter book during Read Aloud and independently in their own reading), we stopped at several points in the story to record what we were wondering. The goal was to focus our thoughts in on specific details in the story, then pay attention for when the question was answered. Like I say often: The other part of a good question is a good answer. Last week, then, we moved on to a new unit on story elements. We’ve been looking at how analyzing characters, setting, plot, problem/solution, etc., can help us better understand that story. Today we read the first half of Star of Fear, Star of Hope and will continue with this text tomorrow. Stay tuned for more in reading soon!
Never a need to apologize, Mrs. Bearden – you’re doing an awesome job keeping us informed! And I love how you integrate different subjects with reading:) “Making Meaning” is a wonderful program!!
Oh, Mrs. Bearden, how WONDERFUL it is that you are introducing the students to a great but sometimes forgotten author! Phyllis Renolds Naylor has written so many wonderful books, and she has been a prolific writer who has kept up with the times. Many of your parents will remember her first famous book, Shiloh, a moving story about a beloved pet. People of my vintage recall tears splashing on the page as we read it as a child! Then she did the boys vs. girls stories for awhile. Here is what I love most about Naylor – she has a book on the Mark Twain list THIS YEAR!! Faith, Hope and Ivy June. It’s one of my favorites fromt he Mark Twain Nominee list this year. Naylor has withstood the test of time. She writes really appropriate story lines that kids can connect to becasue she captures what they are thinking about in their everyday lives.
I’m thinking we might read Faith, Hope and Ivy June. It seemed really good, and would definitely be a good contrast to the first PRN book we read. I know there were would be great conversations! Thanks for commenting, Mrs. Meihaus!