As part of our Differentiated Enrichment Block (DEB), fourth grade has started book clubs. During this time different groups of students are reading different books and completing questions and vocabulary work based on what they read. Each group also works in a small group discussion with me a few times a week to talk about what they have been reading.
Our class is reading three different book, Loser by Jerry Spinelli, How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell, and Matilda by Roald Dahl. We started our book clubs by previewing our books. We looked at the front and back covers and researched more information about the author to get a better feel of what the book might be about. We then dove into reading! So far the feedback from students has been very positive. The students are not only enjoying the books they are reading, but loving the opportunity to discuss their book with the members of their group! When I meet with each group, we focus in on the main characters in the book and the traits they possess. Even though we are not far into our books yet, students are already identifying different traits that their characters have and providing evidence from the text to support their thinking.
We’re off to a great start in our book clubs and can’t wait to keep reading!