Leap Into Literacy 4th Grade

February / March 2019

Developing Ideas About Characters

Students can develop ideas about characters. Students can place these stickers onto their post-its as they write about their reading.

Reading: Book Clubs

Through a read aloud or in book clubs, students can be even more inspired to read by incorporating some of the 50 Best Books for 4th Grade that Elizabeth Mulvahill from We Are Teachers, shares for Reading and Writing Workshop.

For historical fiction book clubs, you may wish to offer a "book tasting" with various levels of historical fiction books. Get students excited about choosing a "just right" book that they CAN'T WAIT TO DIVE INTO!

  • Place two copies of three novels at each table.
  • Students roatate through each table, read the back cover, and read a page or two from inside the book.
  • Students then rate how much they would like to read the book on a scale of one to five.

Looking Ahead: Reading & Writing in the month of March

Front load student's knowledge about the time period via videos and articles from the following sources:


Visit A Reading or Writing Lab Site

Please remember that we continue to support your visitation to your colleagues' classrooms through our reading and writing lab sites. If you would like to visit a colleague, just reach out to your building's RDT. Think about an area of focus for your visit in order to make your time in your colleague's classroom meaningful and purposeful.

Happy Visiting!

96th Saturday Reunion at Teachers College

The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project's 96th Saturday Reunion will be on March 16, 2019 from 9-3. During this free professional development opportunity, over 125 workshops will be led by Lucy Calkins, Mary Ehrenworth, Amanda Hartman, Laurie Pessah, and all TCRWP staff developers. Some of the topics include managing workshop instruction, developing state-of-the-art classroom libraries, raising the level of book clubs, teaching K-2 kids to write persuasive speeches and reviews, and writing about reading. Consider spending a Saturday at this very valuable - and fun - learning event!