Proven Tools and Methods It is an understatement to say these units have been piloted many times.
Nonfiction Comprehension Strategies Want to see my newest favourite resource??
A coworker bought this book last year and I was intrigued. The other day when I was putting in another Amazon order, I decided it add it to my list. Last Friday when I arrived home from school the little brown box with the smile on the side was waiting for me with all these goodies inside: I think the reading level is best for grades 6 - 8, maybe even 7 - I don't think my grade fives could have handled this at the beginning of the year, but they're handling quite well right now I'm pretty proud of my proficient little readers.
I do have a few struggling readers in grade 5 and I have paired them up with a more proficient reader while they read the article. So far, so good. Each reading strategy and full lesson is paired with an interesting nonfiction article we've done two so far. Each time we have discussed the strategy first - tried it out, read the article, applied the strategy, wrote our findings on a sticky note, and then posted the strategy and our sticky notes on our reading strategy bulletin board.
The students are really enjoying the articles, and it's spurning some great "grand conversations" in the classroom. I really like the fact that my students really have to THINK and work hard to comprehend the articles - when the reading is too easy, I don't think they really see the benefit of applying the comprehension strategies.
They're definitely thinking with these articles - and USING the comprehension strategies to help them. This book has been a great addition to our study of the CAFE strategies. SO happy I finally purchased it! Happy, Happy, Happy Friday!!! Yes, making it to Friday deserved three "happy"s this week.Informational Writing Informative Writing Nonfiction 5th Grade Writing Writing Classes Writing Lessons Writing Workshop Teaching Writing Writing Ideas Forward This is cool, but I think a touch too much for 4th graders.
) Most of my anchor charts are done with my students, so I don't spend the time to make them to pretty!
We started the unit defining biographies and looking at the characteristics of the genre. (Ignore my mispelling of Biographies. Sometimes you just need a good review of what good writing entails.
This writing anchor chart is simple, yet lists is all! The author is unknown. My bulletin board below has three anchor charts on it. On the left is a printable version of Cara’s anchor chart above.
In the middle is an absolute favorite writing anchor chart that I would create every year as I taught Kindergarten.
As we read each of our mentor texts, our class creates an Anchor Chart. On the chart, we include what we could learn from the author/what the author did really well, as well as, how the story made us feel. The mission of the Wappingers Central School District is to empower all of our students with the competencies and confidence to challenge themselves, to pursue their passions, and to realize their potential while growing as responsible members of their community.
Find this Pin and more on Nonfiction Lessons, Anchor Charts and Activities by WeAreTeachers. Textbook tour: Nonfiction text features-could use this as an exit card/assessment piece.
I also love this idea for a beginning of school year classroom hunt (stapler, missed work zone, supply drawer, data wall, etc.