This week, our fourth graders started partner reading. Each set of partners is reading the same book. The students will self assess their skills, set goals for themselves, and strengthen their comprehension by envisioning and predicting. As the partners read together, they try to experience the story as if it is real life. They draw on earlier parts of the text to add to the details in their mental movie. They may discuss with their partner about the characters’ traits and motivations, the setting, and the events in chronological order.
Book choice, personal learning, and differentiation led to enthusiastic readers in third grade this week!
To culminate a Reader’s Workshop Book Clubs Unit on character studies, students celebrated by dressing up as their favorite character from a book they read during this unit. Taking on that character’s personality, each reader prepared a short presentation describing why they chose their character, how their character’s traits helped with challenges like resolving problems and making friendships, and finally described the character trait that is most similar to their own selves.
Read character descriptions written by our students:
Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 offers math and reading remediation several days per week at Moravian Academy. Since 2008, Kathleen Dariano has been our remediation specialist. We thank her for her service and wish her well as she moves to Tennessee with her husband. Fortunately, the IU confirmed her outstanding replacement, Mrs. Ryan Carnahan, who begins work Monday, April 29.
Mrs. Ryan Carnahan was most recently the reading and math remediation specialist at Monsignor McHugh School and Manarah Islamic Academy. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Behavioral Studies, over 100 hours of professional training in literacy development and math intervention, and is currently working towards her Master’s in Education at East Stroudsburg University. She looks forward to using the strong systems and schedule that Mrs. Dariano created to have a positive finish to the year. Feel free to introduce yourself to Mrs. Carnahan if you see her on campus.
Second-grade students read to Kindergartners in Mrs. Bowser’s class on Friday, March 1st as part of the National Education Association’s “Read Across America” initiative. Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2nd, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.
In celebration of this day, students wore colorful and crazy socks that are mismatched. Students shared one or two of their school reading books and brought in Dr. Seuss books from home to share too. What a fun way for the 2nd graders to show off their reading skills!
What can happen when a fifth-grade class is curious about what they hear a teacher saying to their first graders just after recess? Creative ideas, that’s what!
Mrs. Fessler’s fifth-grade class heard Ms. Endress say to her attentive students, “Today’s story is ‘The Teeny Tiny Ghost and the Monster.’” Mrs. Fessler responded to her students’ plea to go hear the story and the rest is history.
Together, these two classes embarked on a week-long collaborative project. The two classes read the story and each student created their own monster puppet. Then in partners later in the week, they made short story videos using their colorful monsters.