Mrs. Kristin Lund
9:00 am - 12:30 pm Daily
Students will read 20-30 minutes per night.
Students will bring home practice assignments - including poetry and word ladders. Please practice with these at home and return to school. Students will be asking to read poetry for a signature. Please encourage this practice.
IVE Cougars are respectful, responsible, and safe. This includes in our reading classroom.
The next couple of weeks, reading groups will not be meeting as I administer end of the year reading assessments. This doesn't sound like it could possibly be fun, but this is actually one of the most exciting times of the year in reading class! This is when we find out how students have grown this year. When your student brings home their current reading level, please celebrate with them all that they have learned this year!
In reading groups we continue to focus on accuracy. Accuracy is reading each word correctly and in order. As readers become more advanced, they try to speed up their reading, which can affect their accuracy. Slowing down to read each word accurately is important. It is also important for readers to use strategies to break apart longer words. Oftentimes, long words look overwhelming, so a student will guess. "Inconsiderate" becomes "insanity" only because the student panics and guesses a word with "in." As students remember to slow down and break apart the word into syllables, it becomes a more manageable word to read. For example, "in/con/sid/er/ate." Remind your reader to slow down and read accurately!
In the past two weeks since Spring Break, students have started new groups and have started more challenging texts. Students have really dug in and taken to the challenge. It is great to see improvement in stamina and perseverance, especially this time of year as we begin testing.
In groups, we continue to focus on fluency, author's purpose, and word study, among so many other things. Fluency is the expression, word stress, and phrasing that we use when we read aloud. Poems are a terrific chance to practice this. We also use Reader's Theatre. Author's Purpose includes the questions of why and how the author wrote something. These can be challenging questions for third and fourth graders, but they are all writers, so I ask them to look at the book as a writer, and evaluate it with writer's eyes. Our Word Study varies from group to group, but we look at word patterns, break apart words, and sort words, knowing that learning these patterns will help us with when we see new words.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions!
In groups, we are wrapping up our current units.
This means that some groups are doing novel studies and others are doing test prep units to finish up their current studies. Novel studies are a terrific opportunity to read longer books that span the course of a week or two. We are able to examine more complex characters and plot, and work on our reading focus and stamina. The test prep units are based on short texts we have read in class, so they are a second opportunity to view these texts and look more closely at them.
When we return from break, we will start new groups, and students will be starting more rigorous books, based on students' most recent reading levels.
Happy Spring Break!