FOURTH GRADE READING

FOCUS SKILL: ELEMENTS OF NON-FICTION

OBJECTIVE: TO IDENTIFY THE STRUCTURAL PATTERNS AND ORGANIZATION OF NONFICTION TEXTS.  TO UNDERSTAND EXPOSITORY FICTION SELECTIONS AND COMPARE NONFICTION TO POETRY.

ACTIVITY: For additional application of what we have learned this week about elements of nonfiction, our students gathered in nine groups to tackle some of the questions that were presented in this week’s lesson. We created questions over the reading selection, “Saguaro Desert” and divided the questions among each group. A reporter and captain were elected to each group to report their findings. They had to research the answer and confirm their answers. The skills reviewed were elements of non-fiction, comprehension of the story, vocabulary usage, identifying structural patterns and organization of non-fiction texts, important details, drawing conclusions,sequencing and summarizing. After a sufficient amount of research time, each group presented their question and allowed time for the other groups to attempt to answer the question. This activity hopefully will better prepare students for their vocabulary and comprehension assessments at the end of the week.

After this activity was completed, we read some of the poetry selections in our reader that related to the desert and life on the Saguaro dessert.

Standard Pass Objectives are listed in Monday and Tuesday’s blog.


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