Hello and Welcome to Week 9…
This morning we began our morning with Literacy. As usual some children read independently, some read with the teacher and some read in groups.
We use this time to build our reading stamina and teacher groups focus on consolidating specific reading strategies by exploring a range of appropriate texts.
As a class we have been focusing on the skill of inferring. That is using clues in the text and our prior knowledge to make inferences, assumptions and judgements about characters, setting and plots in a story.
Todays activity was a where am I? the children had to decide on the setting for the text based on the clues within..
The water felt so good on such a hot day. I heard the other children laughing and yelling across the way.The concrete was wet from a group of teenagers splashing each other in the corner. The lifeguard watched closely to keep children from running. Where am I? What makes you think that?
As we entered, a large blast of water hit the windshield. Huge flopping sponges began to slap at the hood as we slowly moved forward. Soon, there were suds spilling over the sides.I was glad the windows were up. Where am I? What makes you think that?
The children are really beginning to fine tune their skills for inferring and are recognising that they will often need to ‘read between the lines’ when responding to texts.
Writing this morning was focused on both an engaging beginning to a story and the inclusion of a ‘sticky situation’ that needs to be resolved. It has been fantastic to see the children using these provocations to build their writing skills.
Today Year 4’s had library and shared the text
It was a wonderful story about keeping promises and the beauty of kind individuals.