For the 4th year, I’ve started the year reading aloud Wonder, by R.J.Palacio to my 4th and 5th graders, and the reaction from students in two different countries, a world away, was exactly the same. They love it. They don’t want it to end. There’s something magical about August Pullman, the protagonist of Wonder, that draws the […]
Newsela…What is it? We started News Circles last week instead of Literature Circles. Using a site called Newsela, students meet in groups to discuss the news article. They choose an article on Thursday and read the article for the following Tuesday. In addition, they come up with questions to ask their group, find vocabulary and […]
We are starting to investigate and plan out our teapot project. Now a worldwide phenomena, students at different schools design and create a package to hold a teapot that can be shipped safely to different countries. Students in 5B have started thinking about how to do this. Last week, we took a trip to Motomachi […]
A great start to the New Year. Time to read some traditional tales from all over the world with our grade 2 buddies. Reading with Our Buddies on PhotoPeach http://photopeach.com/embed/whp9jf
This week , students made their personal reading goals. Their personal goal should be completed by winter break. This is in addition to any literature circle book they might read. Great goals. Go for it 5B!
I am an advocate of reading aloud to children, and I teach grade 5. I feel like it’s a confession. It’s the first step, and one I would hope everyone would follow. In the early grades, I think most teachers read to children because they can’t read too well themselves. However, as children get older, […]
“Trust the books and get out of their way so they can teach.” ~Alan Purves I’ve been delving into reading lately. From our all-school reading focus this year to my PYP weekend workshop on reading and writing through inquiry, I’m immersed in reading. My students are back to reading every morning after a short hiatus […]