We started our reading year with the question "Why Read?" Once we established the motivation to read, we worked hard to build our reading community.
What We Do
We get excited about books in our classroom. Together we explore our classroom library, chat about books, make recommendations, and create "Books to Read" lists. We pass our favorite books around the classroom, design eye-catching displays, create our own book trailers, and add book quotes to our "Book Grafitti" wall.
Fourth graders are social beings. We learn best when given ample opportunities to wonder aloud, share our thinking, discuss possibilities, and create collaboratively. So how do we take a solitary activity like reading and turn it into a social experience? Book clubs of course!
This year in our classroom each one of is striving to read at least 40 books spanning different genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, traditional literature, poetry, informational texts, biographies, graphic novels, and picture books. We choose our own books and keep careful records of books read. We check in often to reflect and set goals.
We are reading tons! More than many of us dreamed possible! Our genre bar graphs are filling up quickly. We are choosing more complex texts and digging deeper than ever! We are well on our way to becoming the best readers we can be and life-long lovers of reading!
Some of our favorite reads: