Across our district, our young readers participate in reading workshop, read-alouds, shared reading, explicit phonics instruction, small groups, guided reading, independent reading, and book clubs. Our goal is to create lifelong readers who are confident and independent. Students in all of our classrooms have access to a wide variety of choices of high quality children’s literature and have the opportunity to read a wide range of topics, authors, and genres. During reading workshop, students are taught explicit strategies to apply to their independent reading.
As part of reading workshop, students curate a variety of resources using digital tools to gather and share information, and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others.
Fourth Grade Reading Workshop
Fourth graders are beginning to think and talk about books in complex ways. Students in fourth grade often read with a notebook or sticky notes in hand, keeping track of their thoughts, ideas, and questions. Often they meet in clubs or small groups to study books closely and/or conduct research on a variety of topics.
Interpreting Characters: Fourth graders learn to provide evidence from across the text to support theories about the character, setting, and story.
Purposeful Reading of Nonfiction: Fourth graders read nonfiction books to study topics of their choice.
Reading History: Fourth graders read nonfiction books to study a historical time period.
Historical Fiction Clubs: Fourth graders read historical fiction books in partnerships, small groups, or clubs.
Helping Outside of School
Popular fourth grade books and authors: Kate DiCamillo, Roald Dahl, Wild Robot, The One and Only Ivan, A Wrinkle in Time