As you know, Guided Reading is in full swing. For the next few weeks, students will be reading their novel in the classroom. Each group will meet with me once a week to discuss the main ideas of the novel. They will also utilize the reading strategy of the week to help deepen their understanding of the text. To keep up with all we do in Guided Reading, the students rely on the Guided Reading station pictured below.
This past week, our readers were introduced to the “Steps to Reading” poster, which outlines reading strategies for before, during, and after reading experiences.
As we move through guided reading over the next few weeks, the fifth grade will utilize these strategies when participating in read alouds and independent reading!
This week in Reading, our fifth graders added another reading tool to their figurative tool belt…the Read Ahead Strategy! Students learned that if they do not understand a word, phrase, or idea as they are reading, they can read ahead to clear up their confusion.
Using non-fiction texts, our readers worked in partnerships to actively use this strategy. Check out the pictures below, which illustrate the utilization of this strategy.
As you know, our readers meet with their Literature Circle groups once a week. During each meeting the students share out and discuss the role sheets they completed for the reading assigned that week.
What are role sheets you ask? Role sheets allow the children to view the text through different lenses. There are six roles the students will take on through out their Literature Circles journey. These roles include: “The Summarizer,” “The Connector,” “The Author Applauder,” “The Character Commander,” “The Question Conductor,” and “The Researcher.”
Check out the pictures below, which illustrate examples of students’ completed role sheets.
Today your child received a direction sheet for our “Changes in Ecosystems” Project. Please visit the “Projects” page of this blog to find a copy of the direction sheet.
This week in science, our “little investigators” created a model to determine how the ocean gets salty. Check out the pictures below of all the fun we had in our lab!
Curious to learn the answer to our investigative question? Ask your child how the ocean gets salty. I am sure they will blow your mind with their response!