With the CCSS (Common Core State Standards) there is a big push for non-fiction. I actually really love this approach. In my class we have many, many small and large National Geographic books. I also love National Geographic. There are many levels and HIGH INTEREST subjects like Robbots and Sharks. These will give lots of background knowledge to students for our small ants unit, frog life cycle story, and animal reports. We will be asking students to support their ideas with evidence. We all have opinions, but can you support your ideas with facts. I want students to also think about author’s intent. What are we suppose to take away from a text?
Each year I try to add to our collection. The more non-fiction you read at home, the better.
Despite this, fiction is NOT going way. We are currently reading The Witches. Starting today, kids will journal either before or after read aloud. I’m providing them with sentence stems to get their thoughts started.
We also had a nice note from our Guest Teacher yesterday. EVERYONE, please say thank you to the students for being kind to our guest teacher on Monday. “Hey, Mr D. said the class rocked on Monday with the guest teacher. That’s great news!” Please make this a big deal, so that we can change the culture of what students expect when a guest teacher is in the classroom.
See ya tomorrow,