The primary goal in Reading in 4th Grade is to foster a love for reading! Using a balanced literacy approach, there will be interactive read aloud texts, guided reading groups, shared reading, interactive writing, shared writing, Reading Workshop, Writing Workshop and Word study. Students will be reading to learn as well as learning to read deeply by using reading strategies. Each will have an appreciation that “reading a book” is not the same as “reading AND understanding a book”. I will help the class read with stamina and select appropriate books for independent reading.
The students will examine elements of informational non-fiction texts including main idea, interpretation, & text structure. Additionally, the class will explore character and theme and other elements in various fiction studies including realistic fiction, myths and fables, as well as historical fiction. They will strengthen reading comprehension and fluency by using context clues, and comparing and contrasting points of view. Through reading, they will develop ideas and formulate questions in various genres.