Hi friends!! I am so excited to link up with my girl Holly for another Tried It Tuesday!
This week, I wanted to share a lesson with you that I’m doing for the first time in THIS way. It’s with the book, Knots on a Counting Rope, which I absolutely adore and read to my class every year.
It’s a REALLY great book to use to teach inferring- the boy is blind, but there are only “clues” given along the way that he is… it’s also filled with figurative language. How I haven’t created a for-real unit for this yet, I don’t know! (Sounds like a TPT product in the works, huh?)
So this year, after buying Nicole Shelby’s 4th Grade Reading Interactive Notebook, I am using her pieces to start off my mini-lessons.
And I love her ideas…… but let me just say, this year, I am STRUGGLING with keeping my kids on track during cutting and gluing time. I am using interactive notes in all my subjects this year…. and I have NEVER had this problem before, but y’all, it takes 30 minutes sometimes just to get this daggum stuff cut out!
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.)
I know it’s hard to see in this picture, so let me tell you what she has in her notes:
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)
I am so excited to have even made it this far! Honestly, the other finalists are outstanding, and I feel honored to even be considered in the same category as them! It is super exciting though, and I have had a cheesy grin on my face all afternoon! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again- the blogging community makes me strive to be a better teacher every day! :o) Thank you all so much for following, reading, commenting, and supporting me, and of course, to my fellow bloggy friends, thank you for sharing all your great ideas because I definitely borrow and steal from you! I cannot take all of the credit, for sure. My teammates and my bloggy friends totally rock! :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)