This week, I am teaching figurative language… my faaaaavorite topic to teach! We started out strong with similes and metaphors. Students learned two important rules about similes: They must compare two unlike things. They always say “like” or “as.” Example: Her friend is … Continue reading
We have been working hard on context clues in the classroom. Students are doing a great job of using clues and inferences to understand the meaning of an unknown word. We have completed a variety of activities and lessons to … Continue reading
Our class recently held our second annual Coffeehouse Poetry Reading. It was so much fun to kick back and enjoy the creativity of these awesome students. The kids worked for weeks on putting together an original book of poems. At … Continue reading
Students have been working hard on the poetry projects they began last week. I have been very impressed by the amount of time and creativity they are putting into their poems and illustrations. Remember – poetry books are due on … Continue reading
We just finished the amazing second book in the Chronicles of Narnia series, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis. Students were captivated by the fantastical adventures of Edmund, Lucy, Susan, Peter, and all the characters they met when … Continue reading
We’ve been practicing author’s purpose this week. We have found that an author might write to persuade, inform, or entertain their readers. We have read many books and even written stories to demonstrate how much we know about each of … Continue reading
We have been learning about figurative language in reading class for several weeks now. This week, we are focusing on personification. To use personification is to give humanlike characteristics to a non-living thing. For example, the leaves danced across the … Continue reading
This week in reading class, we have been learning how to make inferences. To make an inference, we use clues from the text we are reading and our own background knowledge to draw a conclusion.
For the last two weeks, we have been reading the historical fiction novel Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. Because the novel is set in the 1930s during the Great Depression, students have been learning about the historical context … Continue reading
Today in reading class, we learned about similes and metaphors. Figurative language is a huge part of our reading curriculum and these two forms are seen often.