The primary goal in Reading in 4th Grade is to foster a love for reading!! With a balanced literacy approach, we will include 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. Each will have an appreciation that “reading a book” is not the same as “reading AND understanding a book”. We will help them read with stamina and select appropriate books for independent reading.
Students will examine elements of non-fiction text: main idea, interpretation, & text structure. They will explore character and theme in various fiction studies. 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.
Fourth graders will be actively engaged in writer’s workshop this year as they practice various genres of writing, including personal narrative, response, informational, and persuasive.
Students will use a Writer’s Notebook to gather their ideas during independent writing time, as well as for homework. Their notebooks will become filled with their thoughts, memories, observations, ideas, feelings, and poetry. In addition, the children may include sketches, photos, diagrams, artifacts, or anything that inspires them to write!
Students will learn, and practice, different writing crafts, and conventions, while exploring a variety of genres. Some key areas of focus include:
- figurative and descriptive language
- use of dialogue
- engaging leads and endings
- development of setting with sensory details
- how to research ideas, and how to organize ideas