We are reading a book in class called “Suman crosses the Karnali River”. In this story, a boy named Suman is working to help his village solve a problem. Each year during the rainy season the river floods and they are unable to cross to get to school, the medical facility, and to other towns. The story tells how they use engineering and technology to solve their problem. Once we finish the story we are going to try out some of the engineering processes here at school.
The students are using the Close Reading process to make sure that they understand the reading and to make connections to what they are reading. A Close reading has 3 parts. The first part is where they read along while the teacher reads the story to them. Here they are getting the basics of the story, listening for difficult vocabulary, and listening as the teacher helps to decode unfamiliar words and concepts.
The second part of a close reading involves reading with your pencil. Students read and make notes using symbols to indicate words they are unfamiliar with, important facts, connections they made and so on. We use a bookmark with the symbols to help remind the students how to code their writing.
Here are some students doing part two of a close reading.
The third part of the Close Reading involves sharing the connections, unfamiliar terms and important concepts with the class or a partner and then doing a third reading of the material. This time the students are reading in order to answer questions or demonstrate comprehension.
Tomorrow we will finish our story and then get ready to start our work engineering a solution to the problem!