Reading Strategies to use at home!
Predicting - This strategy teaches the students to use their background knowledge and what they read to make predictions that deepen and enhance their comprehension!
    Questions to help: 
        *What did you preview?
        *What predictions have you made?
        *Have your predictions changed?  Why?
        *Do you have any new predictions?
        *Which of your predictions were accurate?
Summarizing Fiction - This strategy helps the student identify the plot and theme in the text.
    Questions to help:
        *Who were the main characters?
        *What was the setting?
        *What events were important?  How did you know?
        *Was there a problem and solution?  Explain!
        *What was the plot?
Summarizing Nonfiction - This strategy helps the students find key points and determine what is important in the text.
    Questions to help:
        *What does the author want you to learn?  How do you know?
        *Are there some parts that are more important than others?  Explain!
Connecting - This strategy helps students make focused multilevel connections with text, deepening and enhancing their comprehension.
    Questions to help:
        *Did what you read make you think of anything you have done or seen?
        *Did what you read remind you of anything you have read before?
        *Did what you read remind you of anything you already know or have heard about?
        *What is the key idea in what you read?
        *What do you understand in the text?
Questioning - This strategy helps students ask and answer questions in order to deepen and enhance their comprehension of text.
    Questions to help:
        *What questions did you think of while reading?
        *How did you answer those questions?
        *Was there a part of the text that confused you?
        *How did you figure it out?
Inferring - This strategy helps students use background knowledge and textual clues to make inferences that deepen and enhance their comprehension.
    Questions to help:
        *What did the author mean by _______________________?
        *What clues in the text did you use to get that answer?
        *What connections did you use to help you figure out the clues?
        *What type of inference did you make?
        *What level was your inference?  Explain.
Imaging - This strategy helps students use background knowledge and textual clues to create images that deepen and enhance comprehension.
    Questions to help:
        *What did you see, hear, smell, taste, or feel while you were reading?
        *What other images did you create in your mind while you were reading?
        *What concepts did you create images of?

Novel Units

Fourth grade novels your child may read include:
    *The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
    *Orphan of  Ellis Island by Elvira Woodruff
    *From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
    *Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
    *George Washington's Socks by Elvira Woodruff
    *Old Yeller by Fred  Gipson 
    *Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O'Brien