We wrapped up our unit on characters, this past week. It was so much fun to spend dedicated time thinking and sharing what our characters were doing and feeling and what those actions made us think. It was a great unit for exploring all the wonderful fiction books that we have in our classroom.
We will continue to track and share our thinking about characters throughout the rest of the year, but we did move on to a new unit of study toward the end of the week. The kids had a blast going through all our nonfiction books in the classroom. We talked about some ways that they are different than fiction stories (we will learn SO many more in the weeks to come) and we also talked about where to find them in the classroom.
We spent some time reminding the kids how important it is that when we are reading independently, we have books that are JUST RIGHT for us as readers, and that goes for nonfiction books as well. So, we refreshed our memory on the FIVE FINGER RULE. The students pick a book and then open to any page. They read one page and every time they come to a word they don’t know, they would put one of their fingers up. If they were left with no fingers up at the end of that one page, then the book is too easy. If they were left with 4 to 5 fingers up, the book is too tricky. If they have 1, 2 or 3 fingers up, then the book is ‘Just Right!’