In Language Arts, we are currently working on the standard of using multiple sources of information to answer a question quickly.* Mastering text features is a big help in achieving this. We have been reading and analyzing texts in class that demonstrate how these features can be helpful in understanding what we read better. Examples of text features include titles, headings, table of contents, indexes, charts, graphs, diagrams, illustrations, captions, etc. We have encouraged students to check out non-fiction from the library during this resource rotation, too, so hopefully they have a book of their own choosing in their backpacks to read as they apply this skill. We have also been using digital sources, Wonderopolis and World Book Online, that are linked on our Edmodo page to allow students to research answers to their own questions they have generated. Students have been practicing writing informational paragraphs in their notebooks, too!
On Monday, students will take a formative quiz on text features to check their progress on mastering this standard. (We are aiming to have students take the quiz on Edmodo, so results will be viewable there.) Students have a text feature handout that they should review to prepare for the quiz, and we will also review again on Monday before they take the quiz. We are planning to give the summative test on Friday that will assess students’ ability to use multiple sources to find answers to questions. This week students will be working with practice texts from I-Ready that they can use to prepare for the assessment, along with reviewing their results from Monday’s quiz.
* LAFS.5.RI.3.7 Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.