In this unit Students will read their mysteries, keeping track of clues, wondering about suspects, noting points of confusion and discussing their thinking with their reading partners. They will especially focus on supporting their literal comprehension of these mysteries while we work on fluency, monitoring for meaning, retelling, envisioning, predicting, and so on.
In Unit 1, Building a Reading Life, students will explore ways to make their reading the best it can be. We will take a reading pre-assessment to set goals and to track our progress in the areas of:
Ideally, your child is reading a 'Just Right' book every evening for at least 25-30 minutes.
Ask your child about what he/she is reading. Can they tell you about the main characters' feelings/traits? Can they make detailed predictions about what may come next in the story? Can they summarize or retell what they've read?
Remember, reading IS thinking. So, the more we think about what we read, the stronger we become as readers!
Building a Reading Life
This unit launches not just third grade, but also your kids’ lives as upper elementary school readers. Your students will collaborate with each other to turn the classroom into a good place for reading, devising systems for book recommendations and organizing the classroom library. As your children begin to read up a storm, they’ll use performance assessments and learning progressions to accelerate their skills in visible ways. The children’s love of reading will build as we read aloud Stone Fox and your children read within-reach fiction books they’ve chosen. Students will learn ways to check their comprehension and use fix-up strategies when they’ve lost the thread of the story. The students will learn strategies for tackling multisyllabic words and figurative language, and will gain the fluency they need to tackle more complex sentences. The unit also supports envisionment and prediction— two foundational skills that allow readers to walk in the shoes of a character. As they read, kids will anticipate and co-construct the story line. This unit will help your students learn to keep in mind both the page at hand and the entire book—to read with their minds on fire!
READING WORKSHOP INCLUDES: