Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Reading Rockstars

We are enjoying the humorous novel Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing during Reading class.  We spend a lot of time focusing on comprehension and vocabulary while reading our book.  The students have read the first four chapters and are hungry for more.

Today we had our first Reading test.  In the days leading up to our test, we practiced answering comprehension questions together in class.  We discussed the difference between "plain vanilla" answers versus answers rich with details.  Hopefully the students took this to heart while working on their tests this morning.  

To help the students during the test reminders were posted on the Smartboard.  Although I orally stated these helpful hints before and during the test, some students benefit from a visual reminder.

How can you help your child at home? 

-read the nightly chapters with your child
-ask one or two questions after reading each page
-discuss characters, setting, problem, and resolution
-review vocabulary a few minutes each night
-challenge your student to use their new vocabulary words in everyday conversation

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