We continued our study of nonfiction books this past week. We started the week by checking to see if we are understanding what we read.
In a fiction book, we practiced using our CHECK FOR UNDERSTANDING checkmark to stop every few pages and see if we could remember WHO we had just read about and WHAT had just happened. In our nonfiction books, we realized that we needed to stop after every section to check to see if we understood the big idea of what that section was teaching. We worked on summarizing the section by just answering the WHAT question from our checkmark. If we could answer it, then we kept going. If we couldn’t quite figure out the big idea from that section, then we went back to reread. We also talked about how the pictures could help them understand the big idea.
The kids have learned so much from our nonfiction books already and they just LOVE sharing what they learned with the class. We have been tracking our thinking and sharing throughout the week.
This week, we asked the kids to add their reaction to what they learned into what they shared. We talked about how when they learned something new, sometimes their first reaction was: that is so COOL! But other times it could be something else…
The kids worked on adding their reactions and it was so fun to see how their reactions brought out further understanding of their learning.
And we didn’t stop there, we talked about how when we learn something new, sometimes it opens up a new question for us. When Isaac’s shared his learning about the human body and how our left lung is smaller than our right lung – we were able to brainstorm as a class why this might be the case. Many of the kids in our class hypothesized about our heart needing extra space. And, when we shared Xavier’s learning about how crocodiles and alligators can sometimes camouflage themselves and look like logs, it made him and us wonder, “Is that how they hunt?” There were lots of kids who were throwing out their thoughts to try and answer our question, but we decided we would have to do some more reading to find out more about their hunting practices. We’ll keep working on adding these questions in while we track our thinking.
Aren’t these first grade readers amazing?! Way to go guys!
Mrs. Stadt :)