Reader's Workshop September Update

What strategies do good readers use?  Well, that's what we'll be studying this month in reader's workshop.  We will look at how we can use the 9 OJR Reading Strategies to improve our reading comprehension and discussion.  Those strategies include predict, infer, monitor/clarify, summarize, visualize, connect, question, evaluate, and synthesize. 

To practice these strategies, we'll be reading Frindle by Andrew Clements.  This is a great book about words, friendship, and respect.  Ask your fifth grader to tell you more about it--that's a great way for them to practice summarizing!

Throughout the month, we'll also begin developing our nonfiction reading skills.  In language arts, we'll be reading nonfiction articles about Nature's Fury, including hurricanes, blizzards, black blizzards, volcanoes, and more.  However, we'll also be practicing our nonfiction reading skills in social studies as we study the "discovery" and settlement of America.

Writer's Workshop September Update

We all have stories to tell, ideas to share, and fond memories to recall.  Writing is one way we can do all that.  This month, we'll be writing the stories we've personally experienced.  We'll learn how to write by looking carefully at how great authors write.  Our mentor authors this month will include Karen Hesse, Ralph Fletcher, Charlotte Zolotow, Cynthia Rylant, and Patricia Polacco.  In fact, we'll be revisiting the works of these authors several times throughout the year as we study their strategies and tricks which make their writing so great.

At the end of the month, we'll be publishing our first set of personal narratives.  We look forward to sharing them with family and friends!