Common Core Stories from the Classroom about 4th Grade Reading

Common Core Stories from the Classroom


A Closer Look at Close Reading in the Classroom

4th Grade students in Mrs. Maureen Lozinski ‘s class at Maria Sanchez Elementary School had a lot to say about how they are using close reading in their classroom:
The following students met with Intervention Specialist, Kimberly Matthews to share their thoughts:  Jovan Torres, Avery Smith, Angel Rodriguez, and Kanani Lee-Delgado
Here’s what they had to say….
1.)    What does close reading mean to you?
It means when you take a closer look at the text to really understand what the author is saying.  You might have to reread it a few times.
2.)    What does close reading look like in your classroom?
You would see students on the carpet with notebooks writing about what they are reading, looking at the text over and over and using strategies to help them understand what they are reading.  You would see students closely looking at the text for a reason (purpose) like for example finding the big ideas. 
3.)    Do you think close reading helps you to become a better reader? Why?
I believe that close reading gives students who do not understand reading well the opportunity to help them understand texts and to learn more than they would if they did not use close reading.  It helps kids to struggle with text in a good way so that they really get what they are reading.
(from left to right) Angel Rodriguez, Jovan Torres, Mrs. Maureen Lozinski, Kanani Lee-Delgado, and Avery Smith



Literacy Common Core Story

Common Core Literacy Shifts & Close Reading at Maria Sanchez Elementary School

Why Are the Common Core State Standards Important?
The Common Core State Standards are important because they will help all children – no matter who they are – learn
the same skills. They create clear expectations for what your child should know and be able to do in key areas:
reading, writing, speaking and listening, language and mathematics. If you know what these expectations are, then
you can work with the teacher and help your child prepare.
The new Common Core State Standards make several important changes to current standards.  These changes are called shifts.  The chart below shows what these shifts change in the area of Literacy, what you might see in your child’s backpack and what you can do to help your child.
What’s Shifting?
What to Look for in the Backpack?
What can you do?
Your child will now read more non-fiction in each grade level.
Look for your kids to have more reading assignments based on real-life events, such as biographies, articles and historical stories.
Read non-fiction books with your children.  Find ways to make reading fun and exciting.
Reading more non-fiction texts will help your child learn about the world through reading.
Look for your kids to bring home more fact-based books about the world.  For instance, your 1st Grader or Kindergartener might read Clyde Robert Bulla’s A Tree is a Plant.  This book lets students read and learn about science.
Know what non-fiction books are grade-level appropriate and make sure your children have access to such books.
Your kids will read challenging texts very closely, so they can make sense of what they read and draw their own conclusions.
Your kids will have reading and writing assignments that might ask them to retell or write about key parts of a story or book.  For example, your 2nd or 3rd Grader might be asked to read aloud Faith D’Aluisio’s non-fiction book titled What the World Eats and retell facts from the story.
Provide more challenging texts for your kids to read.  Show them how to dig deeper into difficult pieces.
When it comes to writing or retelling a story, your kids will use “evidence” gather from the text to support what they say.
Look for written assignments that ask your child to draw on concrete examples from the text that serve as evidence.  Evidence means examples from the book your child will use to support a response or conclusion.  This is different from the opinion questions that have been used in the past.
Ask your child to provide evidence in everyday discussions and disagreements.
Your kids will learn how to write from what they read.
Look for writing assignments that ask your child to make arguments in writing using evidence.  For 4th and 5th graders, this might mean reading and writing about The Kid’s Guide to Money, a non-fictional book by Steve Otfinoski.
Encourage writing at home.  Write together using evidence and details.
Your child will have an increased academic vocabulary.
Look for assignments that stretch your children’s vocabulary and teach them that “language is power.”
Read often to babies, toddlers, preschoolers and children.
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