Saturday, February 6, 2016

Leaving Tracks of our Nonfiction Thinking

I hope the kids were able to take full advantage of our surprise snowfall yesterday.  What a great winter day for sledding and hot cocoa!

The kids have been hard at work in the classroom learning how to "leave tracks of their thinking" in nonfiction books.  Writing about reading helps children process what they are thinking about as they engage in a text.  Jotting their ideas on a Post It also helps deepen the readers' comprehension and can act as a scaffold when they discuss the book with peers.

Below you will find a variety of sentence frames the kids can choose from when stopping to jot.  I introduced each sentence frame in a traditional minilesson format at the beginning of Reader's Workshop last week.  I began by modeling how to use a particular frame in a text, while the kids watched and listened.  I then asked the kids to try the same sentence frame with a partner as I read the book aloud (guided practice).  Finally, the kids were asked to try this new skill in their own books.  I have been quite impressed as the kids consistently have found ways to deepen their level of comprehension, as reflected in their posts!

 Our Nonfiction Posting "Anchor Chart" that will be displayed on our classroom "Reading" bulletin board.

An example of the wonderful thinking the kids have been doing as they read nonfiction books.

Once each sentence frame was introduced, a small version of the anchor chart was added to their Literacy Notebooks, alongside their fiction sentence frames.

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