So this year, after buying Nicole Shelby's 4th Grade Reading Interactive Notebook, I am using her pieces to start off my mini-lessons.
Anyway, back to the lesson. So, today, we read the first half of Knots on a Counting Rope after we talked about what makes an inference= text + schema using Nicole's awesome visuals. Then we created a chart on the left to track what the text says, and what our schema says. Of course, all of this is being modeled right now as I read the book, but they seem to be getting it and doing a great job of keeping up in their notebook! (Now if we can just work on the cutting and gluing. I digress.)
Text: The boy knows the story by heart.
Schema: He heard the story a lot.
Text: The wind was whipping up sand and crying.
Schema: When the wind blows hard, there is usually a storm.
Text: The boy was born with a dark curtain over his eyes.
Schema: A curtain over your eyes keeps you from seeing.
We practiced just saying what the text says, what we know, and then making our inference today using the prompt on the right side of the page. Tomorrow, I will have them make a new chart with three columns to show what the text says, what they think, and then their inference, so they can practice writing it.
Sooooooo... I shared with you two Fridays ago how I had been nominated to be in the running for Teacher of the Year at my school. There was a pretty lengthy application, and quite a few candidates, so I was honestly just honored to even be nominated. WELLLLLLL today, I found out I'm one of the three finalists!! :o)
Hope to see you tomorrow linking up to Workshop Wednesday! I know LOTS of you have started back to school now and we want to hear how you set up Workshops with your class! :o)