Throughout reading this year, your child will study a variety of genres and learn strategies to use while reading. Encourage your child to read books that they love at home. In class, your child will read books that are specifically on their independent reading levels in order to study skills that will help them advance. Your child will show me that they are practicing their reading at home through the use of a reading log, Newsela, and our class blog.
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UNIT 1: Building a Reading Life
In this unit, students will learn lifelong habits of strong readers which include choosing books wisely in order to build stamina, keeping track of how reading is going, and addressing problems along the way. Students will have opportunities to practice talking about books with others. They will apply comprehension strategies to remember and synthesize all parts of text.
UNIT 2: Reading to Learn
This unit will focus on helping students develop rich nonfiction reading lives. Students will read non-fiction texts with fluency so it allows them to determine importance and ascertain the main idea. Students will be encouraged to read non-fiction texts for longer stretches of time and learn what the author intends for them to learn, rather than isolated facts.
UNIT 3: Mystery Foundational Skills in Disguise
Reading mysteries is the perfect vehicle to teach foundational skills. Mysteries naturally push kids to infer - to notice - clues and wonder more about them. It also helps them to consider how one part of a chapter relates back to what was read in a previous chapter. The students have to wonder if the character is really telling the truth by studying their personalities.
UNIT 4: Character Studies
This unit allows students the opportunity to get to know their characters more deeply by first observing, then coming up with hunches or ideas, and then investigating patterns that reveal deeper character traits and motivations in order to develop evidence-based theories. They will spend time thinking about the journeys their character’s experience as a predictable story mountain and about the kind of story arc that characters tend to follow. Students will also compare and contrast characters across books, examining their traits, motivations, the way they respond to problems, and the life lessons they learn and teach.
UNIT 5: Research Book Clubs
The children will form clubs and study an animal with their research club. Club members will read subtopics independently and pull what they are learning together, organizing and synthesizing all their new knowledge. Clubs will then research a second animal and learn to compare and contrast across animals. Ultimately, the children will use all that they now know and understand about these animals to solve real - world problems.