Sunday, November 15, 2015

Cause and Effect

This week we will be learning about cause and effect in reading.  Check out this video that goes over what we will be discussing in class!

Click the links below to see some extra cause and effect practice pages that you can do at home.

Stop Motion Project

Here are a few pictures of the students working on their stop motion movies.  It was lots of fun!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Author's Purpose Stop Motion Project

Last week we learned about author's purpose.  Today, to reinforce our learning...and to have a little fun, we created stop motion videos! 

First, we learned that authors write to persuade, inform, or entertain readers.

The kids were paired up and drew an author's purpose note from a bag. Then, the kids worked with their partner to write a story or article that went with the chosen author's purpose.

Finally, the groups created a stop motion video using backgrounds and props that they created.  They also used little Lego characters to complete their videos.  After creating the video, they recorded the stories they wrote. 
For our first attempt at creating videos, everyone did a great job!

Check out our videos for Mrs. Wagner's Homeroom Class!

Can you guess what the author's purpose is for each video?

Mohammad and Jadyn

Gabby and Krislyn

Emmanuel, Avery, Daniela

Elijah and Melody

Camila and Linn

Avery and Samuel

Amani and Bella
Here are the videos for Ms. Bilodeau's Homeroom class!

Celeste and Michael

Luis and Scotty

Kelly and Savanna

Isaac and Lilly

Hailey and Kennedi

Genevieve and Luke

Garrett and Tristan

Gabby and Ryder

Britt and Jason

Friday, November 6, 2015

Nonfiction Text Features

Next week we will be taking a look at nonfiction text features and using them to help us find information.
Take a look at this short video that goes over each text feature.  Watch it to the end to take a short quiz! (At the end of the video you will click on the play button again to advance to the quiz.)

Here are some examples of the text features we will  be talking about and using next week.
(Click the link to print this out at home!)

Nonfiction Text Features


Main Idea

This week we learned how to find the main idea of a text. 

We learned that we need to...

*Pay attention to the title, headings, and pictures
*Look at the first sentence or the last sentence...sometimes the main idea is stated there
*Pay attention to the details...sometimes the details that are repeated will give you a clue about the main idea
*Remember that main idea is the big idea...what the selection is mostly about, NOT just one detail or event from the story

To practice this, we used main idea bags.  Each bag had some details.  The students had to look at all the details and decide what the main idea would be!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Reading Strategies

I created this video to show you the reading strategies that we are using on all of our assignments and homework.  I go over the basic strategies and show a couple of examples from a reading passage. Take a look!


Here's our strategy sheet.  Click the link to print out your own copy!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Main Idea

This week we will be learning about how to find the main idea of the text.  Check out these fun videos that talk about main idea!

Here's what you need to know to help you find the main idea!

You can practice finding the main idea at home!  After you finish reading a book, print out this page and complete the hamburger main idea!  Just click on the link to download a copy. (If you don't have a printer at home...come see me and I will give you a copy!)