February 2018 archive

Nonfiction Reading Unit

In this nonfiction reading session with 4B and Mr. DeBerry, I studied volcanoes, tsunamis, and earthquakes with my team. In my team there was, Emma (4A), Victoria (4A), Katie ( 4A), Peter (4A), Liya ( 4B), Taryn ( 4B), Jack (4B), Matthew (4B), and me (4A).

 

Sometimes, we had conflicts about subtopics and slides, but by the time it was time to present, we had our subtopics, slides, and everything that we included in our work complete and under control. In our slides we included images, some videos, text, and graphs or diagrams.

My favorite part about the nonfiction reading unit was the presenting our weather topic. When I studied volcanoes, my subtopic was measuring volcanoes. I studied about measuring volcanoes with my partner, Victoria. When I switched to tsunamis and earthquakes, my subtopic was speed & destruction by myself.

In one lesson we learned about summarizing. We learned to first write the main idea and supporting details. Then we could write a summary about the topic by combining those three parts. In another lesson I learned about text structure and taking notes. Some types of text structure is chronological, problem/solution, cause and effect, compare/contrast.

 

I also learned about spark questions. Spark questions are questions that can lead to more and more questions.

 

We also posted a reading response on flipgrid. Flipgrid is a website where you post videos of you responding to a question or lesson. You can also comment in a video. After you respond to the lesson you can put stickers or draw to make your profile picture.

 

I think I learned a lot during this reading unit.