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Each week we will be working with a different story to gain skills in the area of comprehension in order to become better readers. Your child will be bringing the reading book home and reading the weekly story to you one night during the week.  I would prefer it to be on Thursdays but if you know in advance that Thursdays are busy you can have them bring the book another night.  This story will be the focus of our whole group reading during the week at school and we will be testing students over comprehension, skills, and vocabulary presented during the week every Monday.   Students will be presented new vocabulary words on Monday.  They will write out the words and glue them on construction paper.  We will work with the words at school until Wednesday and they will then be sent home on Wednesdays to practice.    Please work with these words by using them in sentences, acting them out, illustrating them or defining them.  Be sure to send the vocabulary notebooks back on Thursdays.   

We will also be implementing the Daily Five and guided reading which allows students a chance to work with books on their own level in small groups. 






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Making Connections

We are learning how to make connections to what we are reading to help us gain understanding from reading.  When we make connections, we relate new ideas in a text to what we already know. There are three kinds of connections; text to self, text to text, and text to world. In text to self, we relate ourselves to the text.  In text to text, we relate something we have read to the text.  In text to world, we relate something going on in the world to the text.

Please talk with your child about connections as you read with them.  Share your connections with the text to model makng connections.




We are learning how inferring can help us understand what we read. When we infer, we combine what we read with what we already know to fill in the gaps.  The students seem to struggle with this particular skill.  Please share your inferences and ask students to name inferences they are making when you are reading together at home. 



Asking Questions

In class, we are learning how asking questions can help us understand what we read. When we ask questions, we use our curiosity to think about questions that come to mind as we read.  Students need to think of FAT questions as they read.  FAT questions are questions like:  What if?  How would the story be different if...?  What do you think about...... (a specific part of the story)?  Why do you think the author......?  FAT questions are not questions that can be answered with a simple yes or no or just one word.