Reading Workshop

  • We are learning that reading is a lot like watching movies. We visualize or act out the stories in our minds.  We learned that avid readers need to pay close attention to the story to better understand what the main character is thinking and feeling.  This enabled us to start improvising what characters might say.  We wrote our own speech and thought bubbles and placed them in our books.
  • Students were introduced to Reading Playdates, in an effort to get them to have more fun when engaging in discussions and activities involving their reading. During reading playdates, students get together in partnerships to play games like pretend school and acting out scenes from their books.

Writing Workshop

  • In writing workshop, we are writing persuasive letters. Students were required to write about problems within their community (in and outside of school), carefully addressing their letters to those who would be best able to help solve their problems.
  • We also spent time analyzing mentor texts and student samples to come up with a list of ways to be really convincing. For example:
  • Tell your opinion (I think…)
  • Tell a little story (example, something witnessed)
  • Give lots of reasons
  • Give solutions (fix-it ideas)
  • Be polite (please, thank you)