Grayson shows us his Reader’s Notebook. He has got quite some wondering and hypothesis about some extinct sharks such as the helicoprion and megalodon. I really like how he uses drawings to help him visualise and come up with a good guess.
Top job Grayson!
We just began our last reading unit of the year – Animal Book Clubs. We chose our favourite animal and form book clubs. We are now exploring a subtopic to study and find out more details about the subtopic.
Following the completion of Because of Winn-Dixie, we continue with comparing characters from different stories.
We learned that in order for that to happen, we have to find characters that can “Go Together”. For example, Super Rabbit and Horrible Harriet can “Go Together” because they share some similarities. It is tricky if we compare characters that don’t “Go Together” such as Winn-Dixie and Horrible Harriet.
First, we re-read our notes about the character traits of Super Rabbit and Horrible Harriet.
Then, we put their character traits on a Venn diagram to compare.
After that we set out to compare the characters that we’ve been reading about on our own. As we do our own Venn diagram, we also re-read the books to make sure we have enough evidence to support our ideas.
We finished listening to the book Because of Winn-Dixie, the ending was quite surprising. We are looking at what lesson does Opal learn in the story.
Some parts of the ending were quite thought-provoking/ meaningful and we re-read those parts again.
We have been reading the book Because of Winn-Dixie (thanks to Max’s mum who came in and read to us, we enjoyed her storytelling a lot). One of these days we were looking at who are the secondary characters in our story and what impact do they have.
In this book talk, children talked about what they have learned from a book, including content, and expert words. They also talked about what they already knew about the topic before reading this book and their wondering. They mentioned what was the next book they wanted to read in their journey of knowledge pursuit.
These days we are preparing for a non-fiction book talk.
Here are some sentence starters we can use.
When we finish, we’ll write our name and date on the board.
We don’t just write about the book. In Reader’s Workshop, we can also read quietly, write about the booktalk, or practice the booktalk.
These days in Reader’s Workshop we have been getting ourselves ready for the final Booktalk of Unit 1. Part of the Booktalk requires us to summarise the book. Today we learned the things we need to do when summarising the book such as naming the main characters, identifying the story elements and writing the summary using sequence words such as “at the beginning” and “finally”.
Max and Yurika did a great job by using sticky notes to mark down the parts that correspond to the different elements of the story.