*Note: This blog post will cover the whole month of March through Ga Milestone testing!
This week in reading and writing, we are diving into our new Author Study/Test Prep unit students will be working on during the month of March, called March Madness. By now, students have been assigned to an author that they will represent during March Madness, and they will be completing 3 different mini-projects on their author (an all about the author presentation, a book trailer digital presentation, and they will be writing a letter to their author.) The purpose of this Author Study is so that students are able to learn more about their favorite authors, read multiple texts by their author and look for connections between their author and their books, as well as review all reading and writing standards in preparation for Georgia Milestones. Towards the end of March, all of the projects created will be used for a March Madness bracket challenge, where we will determine the favorite author in 4th grade! The students are VERY excited for this project, and they loved diving into their work today!
Students will be working on their March Madness Author Study in both reading and writing workshops, and we cannot wait to see all the final products and which author will be crowned the Champion!
Week of 3/12 - 3/16 : All About the Author Project (Due Friday, March 16th)
- Reviews non-fiction reading standards, since students are reading biographies/autobiographies on their author and taking notes on them.
- Reviews informational writing standards, since students are creating a presentation where they are their author, teaching others about their life and why they became an author.
Week of 3/19 - 3/23 : Book Trailer Digital Short (Due Friday, March 23rd)
- Reviews fiction reading standards since students are reading various books by their author, and then creating a book trailer presentation on their favorite book (reviewing story elements).
- Reviews narrative writing standards, since students will first write a script for their book trailer, before producing their digital short on Powtoons.
Week of 3/26 - 3/30 : A Letter to My Author (Due Friday, March 30th)
- Reviews fictions reading standards since students are reading various books by their author, and looking for connections as to how their author's life influenced their books/their writing.
- Review opinion writing standards since students will be writing a letter to their author stating their opinion on why they think their author's life has influenced their books (and citing evidence from both their life and their books to back up their claim).
Week of 4/9 - 4/11: Final March Madness Bracket Challenges
- Final presentations and our bracket challenges commence!
Students will do the majority of their 'project work' during writer's workshop. Mrs. A and Mrs. W will still be providing writing mini lessons before students begin their work period that connect to the writing genre of the week (informational, narrative, and opinion). During reader's workshop, students will be rotating through R.E.A.D. stations (detailed below - students rotate through the stations in 15 minute increments):
- R : Read Independently - While at the R station, students will silently read their book by their author.
- E : Enter the Coach's Zone - While at the E station, Mrs. A and Mrs. W will do targeted skill practice with students on various reading skills that align with the work they are doing that week.
- A: Access Technology - While at the A station, students will practice on iReady, or they may have a specific assignment within their Reading Google Classroom for continuous review of reading standards.
- D: Do It Yourself! - While at the D station, students will have a bonus 15 minutes to work on their weekly mini project.
We are excited for this fun and unique way to get ready for Ga Milestones, and we are looking forward to all of our students final projects!
- Mrs. Alterman & Mrs. Widis