Friday, October 21, 2016

Nonfiction Text Features

Want to see what we will be learning about next week?!  Check out the information below so you can really be ready for class!!

Next week we will be learning about nonfiction text features. The picture below shows you a few examples of the features we will discuss and use in class:

Watch this video to learn more about each text feature!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Visualizing and Poetry

This week we learned that when we read we visualize what is happening in the story. We make a movie in our minds.  This helps us remember,  understand, and connect to what we read. We practiced this with our special "visualizing tubes."

I also read aloud a story and a few poems so the students could practice visualizing. They drew their mental images and compared them to the real pictures in the book.  They did great with this!

During stations, we now have Raz-Kids up and running. Everyone gets a chance to get on Raz-Kids to read and complete a comprehension activity.  You can do this at home too! Click the link below. Usernames and passwords were sent home in daily folders, but let me know if you need it again.

In writing, we are working on writing our own poems.  The kids are writing some AMAZING poems!  I'm so impressed with their writing.  We decided that we need to make our very own poetry book when we are finished fixing up our poems.  Look for our poetry book coming soon! 

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Character Traits and Figurative Language

This week we read a lot of fiction stories and studied the characters to see what traits described them. We learned to pay attention to what the character says and does to learn more about their traits.
The students created character traits trading cards for familiar characters that we had previously read about.  We then played a matching game with our character trait cards!

In writing we are getting ready to write some poetry!  Before we could write some really great poems, we learned about the figurative language we could use in our poems.

Watch this video below for a review of what we learned in class!

Check out this fun video that shows some examples of figurative language from popular movies!