This week, the students summarized the story Flying Kites and drew conclusions about the lessons. Students used specific details from the text to support their understanding of the lesson.
These are the lessons we concluded:
Next week, we will summarize the story and draw conclusions about the lessons using textual details.
Catalog Cats comes from a book called The Stories Julian Tells. Ann Cameron, the author, has written more books in the series including:
More Stories Julian Tells
Julian's Glorious Summer
Julian, Secret Agent
The Stories Huey Tells
More Stories Huey Tells
This week, the students read the leveled book Flying Kites.
The focus this week was on summarizing the story by thinking about the beginning, middle, and end of a book.
We discussed how setting and characters usually show up in the beginning of the book. We observed how the main problem often arrives in the middle, and we learned that the main problem is usually solved in the end of a story. The traditional plot hill is a useful visual for showing this typical story structure.
Students used the 'check for understanding' strategy to help guide them in their summaries of each section. This means that the students answered the questions who? and what? for each section.
I encourage the students to practice these strategies with other fiction stories that they are reading independently.
This week the students were introduced to the unit's theme which is responsibility. We brainstormed what it means to be responsible in class, at recess, and at home by completing a web. Then, the children wrote sentences from the web. Later, we read a poem aloud that offered specific examples of being responsible.
The students made their own 'syllable card' (see image below) that they can use while they break apart and read longer words. I encourage students to use these cards in conjunction with 'Beats on the Body.' These strategies will not only help your child's reading progress but also his/her spelling progress.