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Reading Update

This past week in reading, we focused on the importance of warming up to read our nonfiction books.

Warming up to a nonfiction book is very similar to warming up with a fiction story.  We start by reading the title and checking out the front and back covers for any clues that might give us information about the book.  Then, we take a picture walk through the book and think about what each page might be about.  We finish by thinking about what we might learn in this book.

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We spent time looking at different nonfiction books to see what features we found and how those features could help us to understand what we were reading.

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We ended the week by focusing on how once we have finished warming up to our nonfiction book, we are ready to read it.  But, we noticed that we read a nonfiction book a little differently than a fiction story.  We use our TEACHER voice. When we read to our partners, we got a chance to be the TEACHER and share all the things we learned from our nonfiction book.

To learn more about a teacher voice when reading nonfiction, we listened to a clip from Jeff Corwin: Unleashed.  He uses a bold and confident teacher voice to teach us about hog-nosed bats, but he also changes his voice and shows his excitement when he is teaching us about something important.

The kids have had a blast checking out all our nonfiction books in the classroom and share their learning with each other!  We are expecting a large delivery of new nonfiction books to add to our classroom libraries, thanks to all of you for donating to the Walk-A-Thon, earlier this year.  We are all antsy to dig into these new books when they get here!

Mrs. Stadt :)