Fourth Grade – Second Semester

Literature Appreciation – Author Study – What is the relationship between Chris Van Allsburg and Harris Burdick?

Students continue the study of the books by Chris Van Allsburg. They identified common traits and themes in his writing and the style of his illustrations. Using the book, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, students explored the mystery introduced in the story. They examined the structure of the story as well as the illustrations in the book and then compared the illustrations to the illustrations and stories in other books by Chris Van Allsburg.

 

Information Literacy – Research Unit – What makes a toy special in the hearts and minds of children?

Students continued their review and practice of the steps of research. Using information from books and online, students read and gathered relevant information to answer their research questions. They paraphrased and summarized the information for each question. They found photos and visuals to add to their final product. Students displayed their work in our “Toy Museum” and shared their information with peers as well as family and friends on Grandparents Day.

 

Summer Reading Suggestions

I have compiled four lists of new titles and award winners for a range of grade levels. The titles on each list include a variety of genres and have been selected to appeal to a wide range of reading abilities and interests. All four lists can be found on my website. http://kstrand.thevilla.org/

 

The Seattle Public Library at www.spl.org and King County Library at www.kcls.org offer summer reading programs to keep kids involved with books. Visit their websites or a branch to learn details of the programs.

 

 


2019 First Semester – Fourth Grade

The goal of the Villa Library Program is to develop in students an enjoyment of reading, an appreciation of learning and to ensure that students can apply the skills, strategies and processes to be effective users and producers of information and ideas.

 

Library Responsibilities

Students have reviewed the various sections of the library and how resources are organized. They have practiced using the online search stations to locate resources.

 

Literature Appreciation

Students were introduced to the books on this year’s “Fifty Nifty” recommended list. They have been encouraged to read books for pleasure from these lists.

 

Biographies

Students have been exposed to a variety of biographies and identified important attributes and characteristics of each person in the story.

 

Author Study – Chris Van Allsburg

Students have been discussing books written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg. Students have identified aspects of his writing and artistic style.

 

Information Literacy and the Research Process – Classic Toys

Students reviewed and practiced the first steps of the research process. Each student selected one classic toy to study and find out, “What makes this toy special in the hearts and minds of children?” The students each located and evaluated various resources on their individual toy and began reading and comparing the information.