(Almost) Paperless Literature Circles. As a result of literature circles being integrated into my fourth-grade class' weekly routines, students independently read books of their choosing on a regular basis, and any collaboration they had regarding these books was mostly facilitated by them.
Here's a glimpse into my fourth-grade classroom, and one way to run (almost) paperless literature circles. Background I divided my 29 students into six groups, and the students were allowed to decide with whom they worked. Throughout the year, each group read chapter books of their choosing, one after the other. All of the paperless work was completed in Schoology, our learning management system (LMS).
Launching Your Readers Workshop. The key to a successful readers’ workshop is teaching your students the right procedures so that the workshop runs smoothly and effectively.
Use these launching lessons to create a more organized and meaningful experience for you and your students. Since many of these lessons build the foundation of your workshop and are more managerial in their intent, many don’t address a common core standard. WARM UP – Most true reading workshops begin with a 10 to 15 minute mini-lesson. The 8 Minutes That Matter Most. I am an English teacher, so my ears perk up when writers talk about their process.
I've found the advice handy for lesson planning, too. A meeting place for a world of reflective writers. FUN Critical Thinking Activities. For Students in Any Subject The experts on STAAR, such as the Texas Education Agency, the Lead4Ward team and Regional Service Centers tell us that there are some very specific things that we need to do, and other things we should let go of in order to prepare our students for the state assessment.
In addition, these strategies can also deepen and broaden their knowledge. Allow for more collaboration on rich content between students (student-centered)Provide higher level thinking questionsGive ample wait timeIncrease critical thinking through authentic instructionFollow the DETAILS of your TEKSKnow the vertical alignment of your TEKS and collaborate with other grade levels The following are ideas for activities that you can use in conjunction with our curriculum in order to help meet some of these criteria, as it is necessary to adjust our mindset from TAKS driven packets to STAAR rich conversations and activities.
Talking Chips 1. Pair - Square - Share. All About Balanced Literacy. Shared Reading is a link in helping students become independent readers.
It allows the teacher to model and support students using prediction and confirming skills. It allows less confident students the chance to share stories/articles/poetry in a nonthreatening situation. It focuses on the meaning, fun, enjoyment, characters and sequence of a story and allows them to relate it back to their own experiences. It promotes discussion, problem solving and critical thinking by students. Shared Reading is an interactive reading experience. In the shared reading model there are multiple readings of the books over several days. During the initial reading, the teacher: · Introduces the book (shares theme, examines title, cover, illustrations, and makes predictions) Independent Reading: 101.
What is Independent Reading, Really?
Independent reading is any time carved out of your day in which your students are reading self-selected books that are a "good fit" for them. There are different kinds of reading that may be going on in your room during this time and it will look different from classroom to classroom.The focus of this time is to support, encourage and validate your students as they grow as readers, through all of their ages and stages.
The main components of independent reading are outlined below. Repurposing March Madness. Every March, millions of people come down with a very strange illness…Bracket Fever.
I know people who haven’t seen a college basketball game in 10 years who still religiously fill out a bracket and sweat out the scores and results. It has become larger than just a basketball tournament; it has become a cultural phenomenon. So what is it that is so engaging about participating in this science of “bracketology” and how can we repurpose it for our classrooms? Here are some random thoughts, many only partially formed, for your consideration. Perhaps first and foremost, we are drawn in by the human drama. There is something inherently alluring about the idea that once it starts, everyone is equal and will advance based on performance rather than resume or tradition.
How can these elements be added to our classrooms? Is it the brackets themselves? Conversation starter and sparked many heated debates from all ages. How can we use brackets in the classroom? How about a U.S. Teaching With a Mountain View: Anchor Chart Tips & Tricks. It's no secret that I have a "thing" for anchor charts.
25 Anchor Charts for Teaching Writing. Anchor charts are a great way to make thinking visible as you record strategies, processes, cues, guidelines and other content during the learning process.
Here are 25 of our favorite charts for teaching your students all about writing. The Why Behind Writers Workshops Source: The First Grade Parade First and second graders will draw inspiration from this fun-filled anchor chart about why we write.
Mrs. Lockett's 4th grade math pinterest board. Fourth Grade Math. Fourth Grade Science Activities. 4th Grade Social Studies Worksheets. Reading Workshop - Mrs. Atkinson's 4th Grade Website. I'm so excited to tell you a bit about the reading instruction your child will receive at school this year.
First and foremost, they will read, read, read! Reading is a skill that can only be developed through use. Everyday in school your child will have chunks of time for reading, and on most nights he/she will be asked to read. That same book should travel back and forth with them so they can stay consistent with keeping track of their progress. This year, your child will be expected to read 25 books. Degnan, Lisa - Fourth Grade / Reading Workshop. Dear Parents, I wanted to take a moment and tell you about the Reading Workshop experience that your child will be taking part in this school year.
Reading Workshop has three major components. You can click the link below for a model lesson of reading workshop: Each Reading Workshop session will begin with a mini lesson that lasts approximately 10-15 minutes. During each mini lesson, I will introduce a specific concept, also known as the teaching point. Launching Your Readers Workshop. 4th Grade Educational Websites. Mrs. Renz's 4th Grade Class - Redmond, Oregon. 2 Smart Wenches. Teaching In The Fast Lane. Fourth Grade Flipper. Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies. Oh' Boy 4th Grade. 4th Grade Frolics.
4th Grade Vocabulary - Free, Printable Word List - Flocabulary. Word Study Routine and Tips~Words their Way. Recently, I have received lots of interest in my Words Their Way Word Searches and questions about my word study routine. If you are unfamiliar with Words Their Way, check out the foundational text by the same name. To see an example of the developmental spelling inventory, check out this tutorial from Pearsontraining. In the past few years, I have tried different things, but worked to simplify the process of having too many groups, word lists, and activities for students to complete. I have also worked to find routine activities that remind students of the purpose of word study~that the spelling learning should transfer into our actual writing!
The Parent's Guide to Fourth Grade. 4th grade (U.S.) Elementary Computer Activities & Games - Grade Level fourth. ABCya is the leader in free educational computer games and mobile apps for kids. The innovation of a grade school teacher, ABCya is an award-winning destination for elementary students that offers hundreds of fun, engaging learning activities. Millions of kids, parents, and teachers visit ABCya.com each month, playing over 1 billion games last year.
Apple, The New York Times, USA Today, Parents Magazine and Scholastic, to name just a few, have featured ABCya’s popular educational games. Unit 2 character unit Sally and Tammy (1) Grade4 Yearlong. Grade 4 Unit of Study. Grade 4 Nonfiction Unit. CalkCurricPlan Gr4 ReadWshp.