Sunday, March 23, 2014

Close Reading Bulletin Board: What lens are you using?

 This month our bulletin board features the work we have been doing in Reader's and Writer's Workshop. Students have learned a few elements of  what it means to "close read." Some students focused on the patterns in Eric Carle's books, some focused on the vocabulary used, and others talked about how their thinking changed from what they first thought about a book. Children had the opportunity to think deeply about not only about Eric Carle's literature but the author himself. His childhood years included lots of nature walks with his father which gives his books a special appeal to young readers.
 Kamryn had her "pattern lens" on while listening to "From Head to Toe" and discovered the question and answer pattern of this book.
 Ezekiel changed his thinking from what he first thought about "The Grouchy Ladybug" to his new thinking.
 Jacob thought is was going to be about a caterpillar eating a lot of food but then his thinking changed to discover that Eric Carl was teaching us how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly.
Ayden saw two patterns in "Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too?". One was the pattern in the animal's skin and the other was the words repeating.

3 comments:

Christa said...

What great bulletin board! The kids have done an amazing job with their close reading and using their "lenses".

Wendy said...

Your bulletin board is always so beautiful! And I'm amazed at how well kids used their lenses and wrote reading responses. It's not easy but fun to teach kidos thinking deeply about one book and the author's background. Thank you teachers!

Lourdes said...

I love how HUNGRY the students are for learning. I always love your boards!