The month of March kicked off our next unit: Informational Reading and Writing. We began by exploring and discovering the Non-Fiction text features found below on our anchor chart. Students worked with partners to use multi-colored thinking tabs to find example of the Non-Fiction text features we were learning about in National Geographic magazines. Next, students shared out with the group and we discussed the importance of each feature. As we moved through the Non-Fiction text features, we created a K-W-L chart about penguins and students were given books and articles to highlight the answers to their questions. As we move through the unit, students will work toward their final project of researching and showcasing a Non-Fiction topic of their choice.
During the month of February our school celebrated love. This theme fit perfectly with our Personal Narrative writing unit in which we wrote about a special memory from our lives that we loved. Please check out the final writing pieces below. You will find the following stories: Mystic Aquarium by JoJo Zheng, Halloween Night by Kevser Colak, The Best Sleepover by Ria Shah, and My Sister's Graduation by Michael Atiemo. Students all enjoyed showcasing their work through a presentation in which each one of them recorded their story using the microphone feature and captive audience listened and scored each other using the Criteria for Success. We hope you enjoy these Personal Narratives as much as we did!
January brought a month full of cold and assessments. Due to benchmarking and ACCESS testing, EL groups have been paused. I look forward to updating everyone in February!
At the beginning of December in third grade, we began a new model curriculum about writing Personal Narratives. To launch this unit, we began group discussions about why and what people write. What are personal narratives? A personal narrative is a true story about your life. Why do people write personal narratives? People write personal narratives to share insight about their lives in order to entertain the reader. While discussing this, it led us to some Author's Purpose activities. First, we started off with our P.I.E. anchor chart which outline the three main reasons authors write. P-Persuade I-Inform E-Entertain Our anchor chart can be seen below. Next, the third grade students enjoyed sorting Scholastic Book order books into those three Author's Purpose categories. From there, we moved into more challenging activities using book titles and reading passages to explain and defend our choices to the group. Now that we understand the what and the why behind personal narratives, these authors will be ready to begin crafting our own stories in January when we return from break.
At home ideas and strategies:
Author's Purpose is something that can be discussed with your child in daily conversation because writing is everywhere! Maybe you're following a written recipe for dinner, reading an e-mail or a text, enjoying a magazine, newspaper, or advertisement, creating a grocery store list, listening to song lyrics, or enjoying a book together. Try to look for things in your every day life and routine that involve writing and talk to each other about the Author's Purpose for that writing.
We finished our fables unit this month and celebrated by showcasing all that we've learned by performing a fable puppet show based off of the book, Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears. Check out the pictures of our performance we did for the Kindergarten classes. I'm so proud of all of the hard work these third graders put into the puppet show by sharing their learning, reading fluently and with expression, and being able to have confidence in front of an audience.
At home ideas and strategies:
I'll be sending home additional copies of the "Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears" Readers Theater as well as additional puppets that could be created at home. This way your child can continue to practice their reading fluency and expression by performing for you at home. I hope you enjoy watching all of their hard work!
In Third Grade, we started our first Model Curriculum Unit of the year about Fables. Fables are stories with talking animals that teach us a lesson or a moral. We started out going over our Fables anchor chart which includes all of the characteristics of Fables and fables we've read. You can see it below. We did fable read-alouds, buddy reading, and independent reading to explore many fables. After reading many fables, we started to compare and contrast fables. We even used a hula hoop Venn Diagram to compare and contrast two different versions of Town Mouse, Country Mouse. Then we talked about the importance of dialogue in fables. We buddy read fables and used Post-It notes to take notes about how dialogue helps us to understand the story more and acted it out. A very important part of fables is the lesson or moral that you learn from the story and can use in your own life. We call it the "heart" of the story. We used our anchor chart of morals to help us while reading each story. We look forward to continuing our fables unit during the month of November!
At home ideas and strategies to continue our learning:
If you would like some ideas for the teaching and learning to continue from home to school, I'd recommend going to the local library and checking out some fable books. There are so many great quality children's literature fable books waiting to be discovered. As we're beginning our fable journey, immersing ourselves in the Fable genre is the best way to continue to learn more about these wonderful books. If anyone wants to bring in a fable, we'd also love to share it together in our group. Happy Reading!
Hi! I'm Mrs. Kosiorek and I'm excited to share all of the fun learning going on in Room 2 in our K-5 ELL program! My goal is to update our blog monthly. Please enjoy and don't forget to leave a comment!