I wanted to share how I've been working with my two guided reading groups.
Both of these groups are at S and T (now T and U), above expectations for fourth grade right now.
However, my S group is struggling with the main idea of a text, and my T group is struggling with summarizing!
So I've pulled together some quick, easy lessons for us to do-that works with any book! (Although we are focusing on Nonfiction for this)
But they were still struggling with finding a main idea, so I decided to dedicate a whole book and block of lessons to work on it.
The book I choose was from the
It starts with summer, so I had them read it (independently) and come up with what they thought the main idea was.
The next day, I had them tell me their main idea. I wrote each of them down, and we discussed them.
We slowly put together main ideas that had things in common, weeded out those that were in left field, and came together with one, cohesive main idea.
Working on main idea with a reading group~we slowly went through the process of saying what we thought it was, discussion of like ideas and coming up with one main idea. Their job is to now find details to support-then it'll start all over with the next chapter! 📝📖 #iteach456 #iteachfourth #guidedreadinggroups #mainidea #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers
The next section went much better.
We started out by sharing our ideas again.
Then when went through the pages and wrote down the most important idea of each one.
I sent them back to find supporting details, read Spring, and come up with the main idea. We'll repeat this throughout the book-and hopefully have stronger main ideas by the end!
My T group is made up of a mix of kids from all three classes. And while I know that they have had summarizing, I don't know how it's been taught or how much it has been practiced.
I had noticed that when I have asked for a summary from this group, most of them have been giving me retells. So I thought a quick lesson was in order!
I wrote down the components of a nonfiction summary-like I had discussed with my class-and had them copy it down in their notebooks, so they could refer back to it.
Then, as we just finished the book you see peeking out, I sent them to work on summaries for it.
They did well! I was much more pleased with the quality of summaries than I had previously gotten-let's hope they keep it up!
Smiles and Sunshine,