Close Reading Strategies
EY teachers have been implementing the new Common Core standards in reading this year by teaching close reading strategies. Students engaged in these strategies can often be observed reading for deeper meaning, searching for evidence to back up their claims, and comparing and contrasting with other related texts. Over the past few days our graduate-level student teacher from George Fox, Miss Heselwood, led our 5th graders through reading two texts, one from a Weekly Reader edition and the other from a National Geographic for Kids article, about the national decline in honeybee populations. Students worked in teams to find five reasons for their decline using the Weekly Reader article. On the second day, they used both articles for comparing and contrasting information. They created Venn Diagrams and compared and contrasted information they learned from the articles about the bee population decline. To conclude, each team presented what they learned.