Sunday, March 16, Nonfiction Research Project! I'm getting two posts in this week!
Monday, April 7, Monday Made It: Nonfiction Text Structure Craft I had every intention of writing this post over the weekend, but then on Saturday we decided to take an impromptu trip to Atlanta to visit the zoo and mall. My little one loved seeing all the animals and this mama loved seeing her excitement!
Last week was crazy busy, so this trip was a welcomed one! My focus in class last week was squeezing in that one last topic I hadn't yet covered before our standardized testing next week: At first I was super anxious and worried that my kids somehow wouldn't understand anything I'd say, or they would forget everything we've ever learned testing nerves, I'm sure.
I'm now glad I taught this when I did, because I've already taught all the skills before, but now taught them in terms on their structure in a text. I definitely contribute my kids' success to the lovely and crazy-talented Deb Hanson.
I used 3 of her products in my class and the kids were so engaged during all the lessons. Here's what we did To start, I introduced with an anchor chart, while the students also made anchor charts in their notebooks. Please don't judge my lack of artistic ability!
At the top of the notebook page is a little excerpt about text structures. Next, we used Deb's PowerPoint to further dig into text structures.
I whipped up this interactive notebook page to help keep my kids organized, and it went well with the PowerPoint. We looked at each type of structure one by one. Deb made a sample passage related to soccer for each type, to give students an example of what it looks and sounds like.
She then included a slide that showed the information using an organizer. Also included were questions seen below that students should ask themselves to determine the correct structure when reading a passage.
These questions are what my kids jotted down and used throughout the week. My favorite part about the PowerPoint was definitely what followed--more passages, this time with a bubble gum theme how cool!
I had my kids read a selection, write on an index card what they thought, and then we checked, and moved on to the next. My kids even did well on this, mainly because they were so engaged through the entire lesson. On Tuesday, we did more work in our notebooks.
We started with a passage about sharks that I found in a random teaching book I have. Here are the steps we took: Predict which text structure you think you see using questions already in notebook 3. Re-read, this time underlining information that supports your thinking 4. Draw your thinking map using anchor chartand insert information into your thinking map 5.
My kids came to the conclusion through this, that description was a better choice. They also realized, on their own, that sometimes more than one characteristic of a structure may be present.
My kids then practice with 2 more passages from Deb's assessment packetwith more independence this time.
See how she marked one out?! Love when they think like this! On Wednesday we got to the crafting part. There were a series of passages they had to first read and determine text structure, have checked, and then make their clipboards.
On Friday, when I gave my class their assessment, which was a mixture of more passages from Deb's pack and another reading selection with text structure questions, 16 out of 22 students got an A or B. I was to the moon excited!
Definitely check our her amazing resources, and link up for Monday Made It!GRADE 4, UNIT 1. The Arc of Story Writing Realistic Fiction Lucy Calkins and M.
Colleen Cruz I n the first bend—section—of this unit you will let students know . Fourth Grade Writing: Process Essay January This blank calendar is attached for teachers to use as a template when planning the unit for their own classroom. Unit of Study: Determining Importance Anchor Charts • What have we learned about reading nonfiction?
• Text Features of Nonfiction • Ways Nonfiction Text is Organized. The students created a summary chart in their writing journals. Then, we used our charts and our strategies, and together, we wrote a summary for the book, Chrysanthemum.
anchor charts, Giveaway, reading, Write It Wednesday. Teaching theme in fourth grade is not easy, but it is very rewarding to see the students' little light bulbs come. Then, we made a foldable and anchor chart to review the differences between paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting.
Most of the students knew what quoting was but had forgotten how to do it with integrity (using quotation marks and referencing the author). Explore Jessica Wentz's board "Anchor charts" on Pinterest. | See more ideas about Classroom, Reading and Activities.