Poetry and Text Features

We came back from break and finished up our unit on poetry which was so much fun.  The students compared and contrasted the difference between a poem and a story.  Poems are usually on one page, have rhythm, contain rhyming words, are not in complete sentences, and create an image in our minds.  We discussed more in-depth rhyming words and rhythm of poems.  We also had some fun with alliterations: Sam slipped on the sauce spill at the store.  We used the students names to come up with some silly ones. We jumped into adjectives so that students could identify them when they were creating images in their minds while listening and reading poetry.  IMG_0172

We have been circling nouns, underlining verbs and boxing adjectives like crazy.  We make a BIG DEAL when someone uses an adjective in their writing these days!

We have made the switch from using fiction to teach reading comprehension skills in the first 2 semesters to non fiction for the rest of the year.  We begin this transition with teaching nonfiction text features: photograph, captions, title, heading, glossary, tables of content, illustration, labels, using graphs to interpret information and many more. We took a little over a week to investigate the features and determine their purpose for the reader.  We charted our thinking and now they have been working on their nonfiction text feature books. I brought in magazines and the student have been finding the features and putting them in their feature book.  We have 2 more pages to complete.  We also have compared and contrasted how a non fiction book is different from a fiction story.  They both have a different purpose but can be just as enjoyable.  IMG_0568

We used non fiction books on the Tumblebooks program to introduce captions and photographs! Students have been putting nonfiction books and magazines in their green reading bags since we have been talking about nonfiction text features.  IMG_0511IMG_0509

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