Context Clues

Hi Everyone,

When I  meet with students in small groups, each group is typically reading a different text, or the same text but at a different lexile level to best meet our students needs. Because of this, each group will have different vocabulary to focus on. I have made this chart to help us learn vocabulary in our small groups. We must use our context clues to help us understand what a word means when we cannot look it up in a dictionary. Please see the chart below. Thanks!

context clues

International Day of the Girl

Yesterday was international day of the girl! Today I read to the class the book titled “She Persisted.” This book discusses the power of a girl and focuses on 13 American women who changed the world. The women we discussed were

  • Harriet Tubman
  • Helen Keller
  • Clara Lemlich
  • Nellie Bly
  • Virgina Apgar
  • Maria Tallchief
  • Claudette Colvin
  • Ruby Bridges
  • Margaret Chase Smith
  • Sally Ride
  • Florence Griffith Joyner
  • Oprah Winfrey

Please watch a clip of the book being read aloud below.




In our read aloud, Wonder, the teacher in the story has a different precept for each month of school. A precept is similar to a motto. Its a general rule to help guide our behaviors and thoughts. In the story, the students September precept is “When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind.” We discussed what it meant and how we can show that in the classroom.

We as a class came up with the precept “Don’t judge a book by its cover” as our first precept. We watched the video below to help us understand what this means but to also appreciate what we have. Please ask your children about this at home.


in someone else's shoes

Resources to help identify Character Traits

Hi Everyone,

In small groups, I will be using a chapter from our class read aloud Wonder to identify character traits. We will be using the resources below to help us. The F.A.S.T acronym will be used consistently throughout the year. Please use this when or if  you are discussing character traits with your child at home.

Thanks for checking in!

Mrs. Durocher

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Character Traits

Hi Everyone,

So far this year the students have learned about theme & what it means to infer. We have now moved onto inferring character traits. The students have been working on task cards during stations to identify the characters trait. It is important that they tell me how they know what the trait is using evidence from the text. Without the evidence, the answer will not get credit. Please see the task cards below & check this out on their google classroom account!

While working on the task cards independently, I am working with the students in small groups on inferring character traits. In the small groups, I have students reading a text that is one level above their current DRA/LEXILE level. With the support from me, the students are able to read the text and infer character traits by finding evidence from the text. The goal is to have the students eventually reading independently at this level.

Lastly, students are drawing out pictures of them using words to describe their inside and outside traits. Please ask your children about this at home.

Thanks for checking in!


Mrs. Durocher

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