This week in Reader’s Workshop, we are investigating picture books written by Margaret Wild.
Margaret Wild has published more than 70 children’s books! Her books vary in themes and are suitable for a wide range of ages. Margaret has won numerous awards for her books.
In our author study, students set up a google sheet on their iPads and recorded their observations about each picture book they read. Their observations included:
- A summary of the story outline
- Character descriptions
- Interesting vocabulary
- The message or moral
- A rating out of five
- Specific reading strategies that could be a focus for the book
We love Margaret Wild books!
Do you have a favourite Margaret Wild book?
Which Margaret Wild books would you recommend for others to read? Why?
What interesting vocabulary did you notice in Margaret Wild’s books?
In 3/4C, the student participate in Reader’s Workshop each day.
Part of Reader’s Workshop involves independent reading. During independent reading, students spend time practising reading strategies and individual reading goals with a “good fit” book of their choice.
We have read a variety of books as a class, including mentor texts during writing. A mentor text helps us to to see what good writers do to create interesting stories. And of course, we have also read many picture story books during our weekly library sessions.
Miss Jordan loves to read and usually has a novel on the go at home. She also enjoys picture story books, particularly those with a message. One of her favourite picture books is The Stone Lion by Margaret Wild.
When Miss Jordan was in primary school, her favourite books were written by Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl and Graeme Base. Those authors are still popular today!
What is the best book that you have read this year?
Please include some details about the best book you have read this year. You could include information such as:
- The genre
- The plot
- The characters
- The writing craft that was used
- Information about the author
- Other books the author has written
- A recommended age group for the book
- Why you loved the book so much!
We look forward to hearing about your favourite read this year!
We had a lot of fun during Reader’s Workshop today!
Our reading focus for the week is identifying literary elements in fiction texts. Today, we focussed on the literary element of genre. A genre is a type of text. Different genres have different features and we had a big discussion about some common genres:
- Realistic Fiction
- Historical Fiction
- Science Fiction
- Animal Fantasy
- Fairy tales
In preparation for this lesson, students all brought in their favourite narrative book from home. It was great to see a wide range of books from lots of different authors in the collection!
The books were placed around the room and the students acted as ‘genre detectives’, spending time reading the books and deciding which genre each one was. They also had to document their reasons to justify their genre selection for each book.
To conclude and reflect on the lesson, we had a class discussion to make a final decision about the genre of each book. It was fantastic to see the students were mostly unanimous in their genre selection for every single book! This means they achieved the success criteria for the lesson and really built on their knowledge of text genres.
What is your favourite fiction genre? Describe the features of the genre.
Which books did you enjoy reading during this session?
What fiction genre might you start exploring?
This week, we launched independent reading in our classroom.
We spend part of our daily Reader’s Workshop sessions doing independent reading, to practise strategies and work on our individual goals.
During independent reading, we aim to:
- begin reading quickly and efficiently
- read with stamina for the duration of the session
- choose a good place to read and stay in that place
- read silently.
After independent reading, we catch up with our “Reading Buddy” to discuss our books. This is a great opportunity to share our reflections, ask each other questions and learn about other books and authors from our peers.
What are you currently reading during independent reading?
Who is your favourite author?
What reading strategy would you like to focus on this term?
Do you have an all-time favourite book?
This week in Reader’s Workshop, we are doing an author study.
We have collected lots of picture books written by a variety of authors.
We are reading the picture books to study each author’s style, themes and key ideas.
The authors we are focussing on include:
- Margaret Wild
- Mem Fox
- Anthony Browne
- Jackie French
- Nick Bland
- Alison Lester
- Jeannie Baker
- Julia Donaldson
- Graham Base
- Pamela Allen
- Colin Thompson
- John Burmingham
Students have set up a Google Sheet on their iPads to record their observations about each picture book they read.
What observations have you made during the author study so far?
Who is your favourite picture book author?
Do you have an all time favourite picture book?
Reading is a big part of our day.
We use the CAFE model in our Literacy Block every day. Each week we focus on a different reading strategy in class. CAFE is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expand vocabulary. All of these areas of reading are extremely important and good readers know they need to read regularly to improve their skills.
We have a Reading Menu in our classroom. At the end of each week we put a strategy card on the menu.
This week, our reading strategy is Check for Understanding.
When we check for understanding while reading a novel, we need to pause after reading a page or two and ask ourselves three questions:
- What just happened in the story?
- Who was in that part of the story?
- Where was that part of the story set?
This comprehension strategy help readers to understand their texts, and we will continue to build on our comprehension as the year progresses.
After working on our reading strategies collectively as a class each morning, the students then participate in 15 minutes of independent reading. During this time, they practise the strategy independently while reading “good fit” books.
What reading strategies do you use?
What areas of reading do you want to work on this year?
What books do you like to read?