• Readers Notebooks and Book Clubs
     
    The fourth grade Brookside team uses Reading Logs to log our reading.  Students are expected to read 100 or more minutes each week at home.  Parents, thank you for your support with home reading.  Students, when reading, think about some of these strategies below and record some of your thoughts on a post-it and/or in your Reading Notebook.  Readers who make connections and inferences about the heart of the story/theme while reading can then apply those strategies to their writing.  Fourth grade writers will write narrative, opinion, and informative writing pieces.  I'm excited to incorporate what I recently learned in New York City from the Teachers College Reading and Writing Institute at Columbia University, led by Lucy Calkins. Teachers are also working with TCRWP experts during site visits throughout the school year.
     
     
    Engaged Readers:
    • Predict:  I know a little about... or I think this will happen...
    • Retell:  The story so far...
    • Discover the Main Idea:  This is the most important part...
    • Make Connections:  This reminds me of...  or I have seen something similar in another book...
    • Sequence:  The events happened in this way...
    • Question:  I wonder...
    • Visualize:  It's like a movie in my head or The pictures that come to mind ...
    • Make Inferences:  I think the author is trying to say... or I can read between the lines…
    • Make the Story my Own:  I think I understand why...
    • Look back:  I remember... or
    • My favorite part...
    • Theme/Author's Message: I think the heart of the story is... or I think the author is trying to me that...
    • And so much more! 
    Mrs. Farlow's puppy, Dottie, can't wait to hear about all of your growth in Reading and Writing this school year!
     
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