I hope that over this vacation you had the opportunity to rest, read, laugh, run, and play as a family! We are returning to school this week for the last week of our second term of third grade! This year is flying!!
This year, we, as teachers, have had the chance to learn about a teaching tool that will help children demonstrate their reading comprehension skills through writing. We have brought this tool back to the classroom and are teaching the children to use it to help them organize information and answer (certain types of) questions effectively. It is called the “ANSWER Key to Open Response” questions. Here is what ANSWER stand for:
Analyze the question
Skim, Read and select
Write the response
Attached you will find a sheet that describes each step in the process. We have spent class time (both whole group & small group) learning about “A”, “N”, and “S”. We have worked on each step, one at a time. For each step, I modeled the task for the children so that they could see how it should be done. Then, we practiced (extensively) together. Finally, the children practiced the steps independently. The children seem to be feeling confident about the process and are very good at it as well. These valuable steps are very easily integrated into our day to day work in reading.
This week, we will delve into “W”. This will give the children the opportunity to turn the specific details that they have written in their note plans into cohesive written answers for given questions. We will then move into the final two steps.
Coming home this week will be work samples completed by your child that I have been collecting after each step. It is my hope that this work will illustrate how hard your child is practicing each step and will give you a better idea of what each step entails. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to call, email or send a note.
Thanks, as always, for your continued support!