The Story~Star Connection
Mrs. Story's Third Grade Newsletter
Powerful pictures books about learning, listening, respect, and friendship have been read aloud to the class. Each story teaches an important lesson and connects our class as a community of readers. In addition, I'm striving to teach the children about Metacognition, thinking about your thinking. We made a "Reading Salad" as we read Thank You, Mr. Falker. Just like a tossed salad is a colorful mixture of lettuce and tomatoes, a reading salad is a colorful mixture of text + thinking. I'm inviting my readers to share what their thinking over and over again. After all, Reading IS Thinking!
The children also learned the expectations for developing their independent reading habits. We read our poem of the week, The Reader's Oath, reviewed the "Rules for Reading Right", and learned how to record their reading each night in their homework records.
We also read The Very Best Story in which a young writer discovers that the very best story comes from the heart. Each child is publishing their own heart map of stories for their writer's notebooks. Thank you for brainstorming with my writers at home when they completed their heart map homework!