Here is the rubric the students will be scored by tomorrow:
This Friday, students will be spending the day listening and delivering their speeches to other students in our class. They may take their speeches home this week, with the understanding that they are complete and polished to their potential. I have asked that no changes be made at home in an effort to promote independent work. I have conferenced with all the students and given them suggestions for improvement. They have taken this feedback and applied it to their writing. I’m extremely pleased with the results!
So this week will be about memorizing with some lessons on how to deliver their speech effectively. Students are encouraged to not read directly from their papers but to write down key notes or “trigger” points on cue cards or pieces of paper. For the grade Fours, I understand that this will be a challenging task for them, but I have confidence that they are up for the task! We have also talked about how it is normal to experience nervousness before speaking in front of an audience. With encouragement and reassurance from home and school, I know this can be a positive experience for all.
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During our collaborative book talks, students are encouraged to move beyond the basic ideas of “We like it because…”, to think critically or use our knowledge of media to make our piece interesting. Relating the text to real world situations and examining how the knowledge gained can relate to their own lives is the ongoing goal. How did we do? Discuss with your child what makes a great book talk!
Can you guess our reading theme for the month of February?
Student names for Valentines……