Fourth graders read the biography story, Sacagawea & Native American Poetry.
Our target comprehension skill is: main ideas & details, learning to determine what is most important in a selection. Students also study text structure. As we read, student annotate notes–journal style–as did Lewis and Clark. We use diagrams, color, images and text features to list only the main ideas and most important details in the notes.
Vocabulary: students continue to learn about figurative language: onomatopoeia. We find several examples of this in our story this week. We also discuss synonyms and the “shades of meaning” that several synonyms might have. For example, “hot, warm & blistering” mean relatively the same thing, but each would be used for varying degrees of intensity.
Fluency: Phrasing. Good readers pay attention to punctuation such as commas and periods. In poetry, there can be a pause when you see a line break in free verse. Students practice reading aloud a journal entry written from Sacagawea’s point of view using good expression, smoothness and pacing. We record these using Chatterkid, an app on our iPads. It’s a fun and creative way to practice these skills.
Essential Question: How do people from different cultures contribute to American history?