4th Grade

Reading Non-Fiction Texts


What’s Happening?

Students are currently reading non fiction texts and engaging in very important work building upon the abilities that are essential to become stronger researchers.  They will be synthesizing information, apply knowledge they already know to new knowledge they are gaining and summarizing what they are learning.  With this foundation they will then be challenged to compare and contrast two non fiction topics.

“What Can I Do At Home?”

At home, your child should be reading everyday for 20-30 minutes.  They should be bringing home a non fiction text as well as a fictional text every night. (It’s important to keep that balance between the two genres)  When your child is reading, you can engage in conversation with them by simply asking them “What’s the main idea of what you are reading and how do you know?”.  By asking them how they know, they should begin to start citing evidence to support the main idea.  Please keep in mind non fiction is all around us, for example, students can begin to engage in reading the newspaper.  Also, the local public library is a great resource to use to take out reading materials.

What It Looks Like

Below you will find students of 218 engaging in partner reading and group discussions about non fiction texts, applying all they are learning with gathering and sythesizing information, summarizing and identifying the main idea with evidence to support.   You also have viewed above charts that are posted within classrooms for students to refer to to help them build upon their reading of non fiction texts.

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