Donor’s Choose/Close Reading

Thank you!!! Room 208’s Donor’s Choose has been fully funded. All within 5 hours. I feel extremely lucky. The kids were all smiles when I told them. We will be getting 13×6 sets of books to use during our literature circles, 2 more big joe chairs, and white dry erase contact paper so students are able to write on their desks and walls to utilize classroom space.

Please keep in mind that 2 other teachers at Springdale also have Donor’s Choose projects. Mrs. Jacobson in kindergarten and Mrs. Murphy in 2nd grade!

In reading, we have started our journey of close reading! Yesterday, I asked the students what they thought the song “The story of my life” by One Direction meant. (The boys weren’t too happy about this choice of music!) Many students said “It’s about their life.” After closely reading the lyrics, and listening to the song, students came to find out that the song is actually nothing about their life, but rather a girl. They were amazed to see what close reading can do for their understanding.

After that, I had the students read an article about why leaves change color. I had them write a response in their reading journals regarding how chlorophyll effects the leaves changing colors. Today, the students closely read the article and annotated the text. After having a “deep understanding” of the text, I had the students respond to the same question as yesterday. It is incredible to see the differences in the responses after closely reading a text. We will contine to work on this skill throughout the week. Please see pictures below of students listening to the lyrics and the second teacher we have in our classroom to help us understand close reading.


Ms. Gray

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