Students are currently engaged in a nonfiction unit titled: Reading the Weather, Reading the World. The main objectives of this nonfiction unit are:

    • paying attention to and analyzing expository text organization:problem/solution, compare & contrast, cause & effect, and chronological order
    • identifying main ideas and supporting details
    • summarizing what they have learned
    • analyzing parts of a text in relation to the whole
    • looking at nonfiction books that have hybrid text structures
    • cross text synthesis

    Reader's Workshop homework for this unit is: read at least 20 minutes Monday-Thursday nights and log in their planner. They do not have to read nonfiction for their home reading but they can if they want to. I recommend home reading books be on or close to your child's reading level. Research shows children need to read 20-30 books on their independent reading level before they can move to the next reading level. Keeping track of how much they have read reinforces this and helps them see how much work they are putting in to become a better reader!