This week the students listened to The Watcher, a picture book biography about Jane Goodall.
We thought more deeply about Jane Goodall while reading by asking specific questions such as:
How does she feel? What is she good at? What does she want? How does she feel? What does she look like?
After finishing the book, we practiced summarizing the book by answering the following questions:
Who? What? Where? How? Why?
Finally, we practiced using context clues to find the meaning of an unknown word. The clues we examined included:
-how the word is used.
-words around the word.
Encourage your child to practice these skills while reading independently and with you.
This week the students read a story about a boy who visits a wishing tree. The boy, Noah, learns the lesson that true bravery can not be granted through wishes; rather it comes from within. We answered questions and practiced using evidence from the story to support our responses.
The following link has offers some excellent stories related to the theme of bravery.
This week the students finished reading the Native American folktale "The Girl and the Chenoo." We used a Shared Reading format, so the students could listen to proper phrasing and expression. We discussed the theme of bravery by identifying the lesson/s the author is trying to teach us about bravery. Finally, the students participated in a vocabulary activity called Which one? It is a game that helps students apply new words to a context. You choose a word and present two sentences, or a question and two sentences, to a person (see sample below). Based on the meaning of the word, one sentence is chosen over the other. It is a fun activity to play, and one round can be completed in a couple minutes.
Example: The word is usually. What do you usually do before you go to bed? I usually brush my teeth. OR I usually eat candy. Which one makes more sense?