In READING this term, students are focusing on making inferences. Making inferences is a comprehension strategy where readers use clues from the book along with their own background experience to make conclusions and read between the lines. The ability to go beyond the literal meaning of a book enables readers to gain a deeper understanding and grasp the meaning of what is implied by the author.
After listening to your child read or reading together ask the following questions below and discuss ideas.
– What is the most important event in the story?
– Why do they think it is important?￼
– What do you think the author is trying to tell you in this story?
– Why do you think it is important?
In WRITING this term, students are focusing on reading and interpreting poetry. Students will be focusing on the poet’s use of words to enhance the meaning; in particular we will be looking at the poetry terms:
Alliteration: When several words begin with the same sound are next to each other or close together Example: sly, sleek, slips.Onomatopoeia- When a word sounds like the noise or sound that is stands for Example: buzz, sizzle.
Simile: Comparing one thing to another using the word ‘like’ or ‘as’.
Lines of cars inch along in the fog
Rising and dipping with the humps of the road
Like a mechanical caterpillar
(from “Fog” by Nancy R Wadhams)
During the next few weeks we will be experimenting with these literacy techniques in our writing.