Students are engaged in their third unit of study, Reading to Learn. Students are learning how to “rev up” their minds before reading. Students are to first think, “What sort of text is this?” Is it a Narrative, Expository or a combination of both. Then students are to prepare themselves for reading by looking at the text features; title, table of contents, subtitles and photos. During reading students are using either their hand OR the box and bullets strategy to collect the main idea and the important details.
“What can I do at home?”
At home, have your children rev their minds up before reading. They can teach you about the different text features and what to look for before reading. Have your child think, “What will the text mostly be about?” “What will it say?” “What do I already know?” Have them read the subtopics and ask themselves “what did I just read” and share with you the main idea and the supporting details.
What it looks like
Below you will see students from class 406 engaged in reader’s workshop. As partnerships, students explored their expository texts/articles before reading. They looked at the different text features and spoke about their prior knowledge before reading. Partnerships shared to the class the main idea of the article and important details relating to it.