Complete List of Reflection Questions: Rising Third and Fourth Grades

REQUIRED READINGS:
Read: Our all-school book selection: Wonder by R. J. Palacio.

Write: Three response journal entries.

Entry #1-- Write a review of the book that includes:

a. The title and author's name

b. A summary of the story

c. The overall theme of the book

d. What you liked or did not like about the book

e. Any questions, comments, connections, or predictions you had during or after reading (What did you think about when you were reading the book?)

Entry #2-- Everyone from 3rd to 8th grade at ACDS is reading this book over the summer. In this entry, write about your idea for activities we can do in September to share this book. Think about who should be involved and what activities we should do. Can you think of ways to involve the Kindergarten, first and second graders, even though they did not read the book?
Choose one of the following questions for your Entry #3--

Why do you think the book was called Wonder? Explain your answer.

The book was told from many different perspectives? Who were the different narrators? Who did you like hearing from the most and why? Why do you think the author chose to tell the story this way?

If you were August, would you have wanted to go to school? Explain your answer.

If August came to ACDS, how do you think you would react? Would you be like one of the characters in the book, or would you behave differently? Explain your answer.

 
Read: One book on the recommended reading list for the grade you are going into. Please select a book that you have not read before.

Write: Two response journal entries.

Entry #1 – When you are about half-way finished with the book, provide a reflection. What is the book about? (Make sure you include the main character and the setting.) Who is the narrator? What is the conflict? What do you think is going to happen?

Entry #2 – After you have finished with the book, provide a reflection. What did you like most about the book? What was your favorite "quotation" from the book? Would you recommend the book to a friend? (Why/why not?)

Read: One book of your choice. Please select a book that you have not read before.
Select a book of interest to you. It can be any book-- fiction, nonfiction, biography, graphic novel, any book with your parents approval.

Write: One review including:

a. The full title of the book
b. The author's full name
c. A short summary of the plot. (Don't give away any surprises!)
d. What you liked about it
e. A rating: 5 stars is the best
f. Complete sentences, correct capitalization, punctuation and spelling

 

Create: One (1) cover for your journal or design the format for your blog

This journal/blog is a reflection of you and it is up to you to decorate it to match your personality. You should embellish the journal's front and the back covers with your decorations, or set the background and design your blog. Make it something you can be proud of and something that reflects your personality.

OPTIONAL ENTRIES (Complete as many as you would like) :

Read: One or more newspaper articles.

Paste: The article into your journal or link from your blog.

Write: One response for each article.

Recap and Reflect Questions:

1. What is the headline of the article?

2. Who is involved?

3. What is the article about?

4. Where does the story take place?

5. When does it happen?

6. Why did this "event" happen?

7. Why is this story newsworthy?

8. What did you learn from the article?

Read: One or more magazine articles

Write: One response for each article.

Recap and Reflect Questions:

1. What is the title of the article?

2. Who is involved?

3. What is the article about?

4. Where does the story take place?

5. When does it happen?

6. Why did you pick this article?

7. What magazine published this article?

8. Why do you think that that magazine published the article? (Consider the audience of the magazine. For example, why would Architectural Digest publish a cover story about Will and Jada Smith’s family home [September 2011]?)

Read: One blog entry from the approved list of blogs.

Write: One response for the chosen blog.

Recap and Reflection Questions:

1. What is the name of the blog?

2. Who is the author of the blog? (Give specific information if possible.)

3. Who is the target audience of the blog?

4. What is the blog about? What is the author saying?

5. Do you agree or disagree with what the author is saying? (If you were to respond to the blog directly, what would you write?)

Compose: One or more personal thought journal entries by selecting and answering one or more of the given questions from this list or addressing another issue of interest to you.

Personal Thought Questions:

1. What song most reminds you of the summer? Why?

2. What was the coolest/most interesting/most fascinating thing you saw or did?

3. What was the best thing you ate this summer?

4. Where were you on the 4th of July?

5. Who was the most interesting person you met this summer?

6. What was the most physically challenging thing you did this summer?

7. What was the craziest outfit you wore? Why?

8. Did you do something to help someone this summer?

9. Did you do something you were proud of this summer?

10. What was the earliest you had to get up in the morning? Why?

11. What was the latest you were allowed to stay up? Why?

12. Is there something you wanted to accomplish, learn about, or learn to do this summer? What was it? Did you succeed?

Watch: One or more TED-Talk lectures.

Write: One response journal entry for each lecture.

Recap and Reflection Questions:

1. Who is the speaker of the "Talk"?

2. What is the "Talk" about?

3. How do you feel about what the person is saying?

4. What do you think you’ll remember most about the "talk"? Why?

Listen: One or more Podcasts.

Write: One response journal entry.

Recap and Reflection Questions:

1. Who made the podcast?

2. What is the podcast about?

3. Why do you think they made it?

4. Did you learn anything?

4. What do you think you’ll remember most about the podcast? Why?

Watch: One or more television news programs (with your parents).

Write: One response journal entry.

Recap and Reflection Questions:

Part I:

1. Which program did you watch?

2. What date did the program air?

3. What time of the day?

4. What channel?

Part II:

1. What was the first news story about?

2. Why do you think that "that" was the first story?

3. What news story intrigued you the most?

4. Overall, what did you learn?

Watch: One or more television entertainment programs (with your parents).
Write: One response journal entry.

Recap & Reflection Questions:

Part I:

1. Which program did you watch?

2. What date did the program air?

3. What time of the day?

4. What channel?

Part II:

1. What was the show about?

2. Was it an episode of an on-going show or a stand alone show?

3. Did you like it? Why or Why not?

4. What genre would you consider the show to be?

5. Was there anything you would change about the show to make it better?

Watch: One or more Khan Academy math videos.
Write: One response journal entry.

Recap and Reflection Questions:

1. Which tutorial did you watch?

2. What did you learn?

3. What did you like about the tutorial?

4. Do you think Khan Academy will be helpful as you work on math next year? Why or why not?

Watch: One or more movies.

The movie you watch doesn’t have to be a movie in the movie theater. It can be any movie that you want it to be. It can be a movie you order from Netflix, a movie you watch on TV, a move you view in a museum, a movie that you watch in the car on a trip, a movie that you saw in the movie theater with your friends, etc. It just has to be a movie.

Write: One response journal entry.

Recap and Reflection Questions:

1. What is the name of the movie?

2. Where were you when you saw the movie?

3. What did you like about the movie?

4. Would you recommend this movie to your friends?

5. Overall, what rating (on a 100% scale) would you give the movie?

6. Then, go to www.rottentomatoes.com

and compare your rating with their tomato rating? Is there a critic with whom you really disagree? Who is it? Why do you disagree with that person?

Free-Choice Journal Response Question: What movie is your favorite movie of all time? What is it about? Why do you like it so much?

Watch: One or more commercials on TV.

Write: One response journal entry.

Recap and Reflection Questions:

Part 1:

1. What show where you watching during the airing of the commercial?

2. What channel was the commercial on?

3. What time of the day were you watching the commercial?

Part 2:

1. What is the product being sold in the commercial?

2. What is "the story" of the commercial?

3. Who do you think is the target audience for the commercial?

4. What is the slogan or jingle for the commercial? (if there is one)

5. How did the commercial affect you? What were the embedded values* in the commercial?

*All advertising has values or a point of view. Sometimes the ad will come right out and say its point of view and other times it will more subtly imply it. Ads frequently are saying something about the nature of the good life, the virtue of buying more and better stuff, the roles of women, men, girls and boys in society, and the acceptance of authority.

Listen to: One or more pieces of music on the ACDS music list or elsewhere.

Write: One response journal entry.

Recap and Reflection Questions:

1. Who is the composer of the song?

2. What is the title of the song?

3. What instruments do you hear when you listen to the song?

4. What adjectives would you use to describe the song?

5. How did the song make you feel?

6. Do you think the song told a story? If so, what’s the story?

Find: One or more pieces of art on the required ACDS painting list or that you saw in a museum.

Write: One response journal entry.

Recap and Reflection Questions:

1. Who is the artist of the painting?

2. What is the title of the painting?

3. When was it painted?

4. What is the painting of?

5. What does the title tell you about the painting and how does the title guide your interpretation?

6. What predominant colors are used in the painting?

7. What do you think about the painting?

8. How does the painting make you feel?

9. How would you describe the painting to a friend?

Find: One advertisement from a newspaer or magazine; paste the advertisement into your journal.

Write: One response journal entry.

Reflection Questions:

1. What is the product being marketed in the advertisement?

2. Who do you think is the target audience for the advertisement?

3. Do you think the advertisement is effective? Why/why not?

4. How did the advertisement affect you?

5. Do you think it has embedded values*?
Journal Entry Idea: On the next page of your journal or blog, create a new advertisement for the same product.

Find: One publicly displayed sentence written in Spanish.

If possible, take a picture of it and paste that picture in your journal or add it to your blog.

Write: One response journal entry.

Recap and Response Questions:

1. What is the sentence in Spanish?

2. What does it translate to in English?

3. Where did you see the sentence?

4. When were you thinking when you "found"the sentence?

5. What are some other Spanish words you think of when you read that sentence?

Record: Weather Data for a week.

Print out or cut out from the newspaper a 5-Day weather forecast for a location where you will be in the upcoming week. Neatly paste the forecast into your journal, but make sure that you have enough space to write underneath or copy and paste it into your blog.

Write: Underneath the forecast, neatly write the actual temperature for each day, and answer the Response Questions.

Response Questions:

1. Overall, how accurate was the weather forecast? (How did the projected forecast match up with the actual forecast?)

2. Did the weather affect your activities during this time period?

3. Which day was the most inaccurate? By how many degrees?

4. Why do you think the actual forecast was different than the projected forecast?

Record: Five receipts.

Collect five receipts of the same "activity" (buying gas, dinner, ice cream, souvenirs, clothes, etc. –anything that you or your parents will do five times over the course of the summer) and put those receipts into an envelope. Neatly paste the envelope into your journal in a way that you can take out the receipts and/or put more receipts in. Photograph the receipts for your blog.

Write: One journal entry that records the basic statistics of the receipts.

Create: One colorful graph of the activity. Using the statistics you recorded, make a graph that presents the information in a neat and colorful way.

Basic Statistics:

1. What are the totals for each receipt?

2. How much did you (or your parents) spend in total?

3. What is the range? (the highest price minus the lowest price)

4. What is the mean? (the average price spent on this activity)

5. What is the median? (the middle of the pack receipt)

Record: One map of a trip you took.

Find a map of a trip you took (print it out, cut it out from a brochure, or draw it!) and paste it into your journal or add it to your blog. The trip doesn’t have to be a big/major trip (although if you did travel to some place far away it would be cool to see); it can be any trip you’ve taken over the summer. A walk to the ice cream store, the path you took at an amusement park, the car-ride to grandma’s house…

Write: One journal entry that displays your map.

On your map:

1. Include a title for your trip.

2. Include the date and the time you spent traveling. (For instance, if you drove to grandma’s house, it may have been two hours. If you flew to Europe, it may have been 11 hours!)

3. Draw the path you took in a different color from other colors on the map. Make sure you provide a key to show that the color is your path; feel free to include anything else.

4. In the space underneath your map, write about your favorite things from/about that trip.

Collect: One or more photographs of you.

Choose photo(s) that represent your summer and neatly paste them into your journal or post on your blog

Write: One caption underneath the photo.

Things to consider when writing a caption:

1. When was the photograph taken?

2. Where was the photograph taken?

3. Is anyone with you in the photograph? If so, who are they?

4. Why did you choose this photograph?

Collect: Items from the "physical activity list." Neatly paste the items into your journal or photograph them for your blog.

Write: One journal entry for each acquired item.

Key Pieces of Information:

1. What date, time, and location did you find your "acquired" item?

2. Were you were with people? If so, who?

3. What memory are you reminded of when you see that item?

Visit: One grocery store, market or restaurant specializing in food from another country.

(It could be in another country or it could be right here in Virginia.)

Write: One response regarding your visit. If there is something from your visit that you could paste into your journal/scan into your blog (a label or a menu maybe?) then put it with your entry.

Recap & Reflect Questions:

1. What is the name of the store or restaurant?

2. What kind of food does it sell or serve?

3. What did you eat?

4. Had you ever had it before?

5. How would you describe it?

6. Would you have it again?

7. What would you like to try next time?

8. Do you know anyone from that country? If so, who?

Write: One or more newspaper articles about an event from your summer.

Recap & Reflect Questions:

1. What is the headline of the article?

2. Who is involved?

3. What is the article about?

4. Where does the story take place?

5. When does it happen?

6. Why did this event happen?

Or maybe you want to keep your whole journal like a newspaper that documents your summer.

Create: your own Khan Academy style math video on a math skill from your summer work packet.

If you are keeping a blog, post the video to it.

Write: One journal entry about your experience in making Khan Academy style video.

Recap & Response Questions:

1. How easy/difficulty was it to make the video?

2. What was the topic you try to teach?

3. What did you like most about making the video?

4. What did you learn from making the video?

5. Do you think it would have been better to do a blog or podcast? Why?

Draw: One or more comic strips about something you saw or experienced

(or maybe that you wish you had seen or experienced.) Add it to your journal or blog.

Write: One (1) journal entry about your comic strip.

Recap & Response Questions:

1. What is the title of your comic strip?

2. Who is/are the main character/s of your comic strip?

3. What real life event inspired your comic strip?

4. Why did you choose that event?

5. What do you think you’ll remember most about that event?

6. What do you think is the most important thing for a successful comic strip?

Listen to One or more musical performances (i.e. a concert)

Write: One response journal entry.

Recap & Reflection Questions:

1) What kind of performance was it?

2) Which kinds of instruments were part of the performance?

3) Where did you attend the performance?

4) Did you particularly like any song(s)? Why? Why not?

5) Would you want to attend another musical performance?

Compose: One or more poems or songs about your summer experiences

Write: A poem or song and include it in your journal. If you would like, write another journal entry that explains your poem or song.

Questions for Analyzing Your Poem/Song:

1. What is the title of your poem/song? Why did you call it that?

2. How did you structure your poem or song? Is there a rhyme scheme? Why?

3. Why do you use the words that you use?

4. What do you want your reader to feel when reading your poem or song?

5. What other points do you think are important in explaining your poem or song? Explain them.


Find: One or more recipies of an item that you would like to cook/bake, make them and review the results.

Take a picture of your finished product and paste the picture neatly in your journal or post to your blog. Leave room underneath the picture to write some thoughts.

Write: One journal entry discussing your efforts.

Recap & Response Questions:

1. What item did you make?

2. How did it taste?

3. What was the most difficult part of cooking/baking the item?

4. How easy was it to get the ingredients?

5. Did anyone help you?

6. How much fun did you have?

7. Would you try to make this item again?

8. Would you change anything?

Find: One crossword puzzle from a newspaper or a magazine and attempt to complete it.

Find: One crossword puzzle from a newspaper or a magazine. Neatly cut out the crossword puzzle (with the clues) and paste it in your journal or photograph the completed puzzle and put it on your blog.

Complete: The crossword puzzle. On your own or with your parents, do your best to correctly fill out the puzzle. Underneath the puzzle, answer the Response Questions.

Response Questions:

1. On a scale of 1-10 (where 10 is the most difficult), how easy/difficult was the crossword puzzle?

2. What did you like most about doing this particular crossword puzzle?

3. Do you think that you’ll do another crosswords puzzle in the future?

Complete: One jigsaw puzzle, take a picture of it and include it in your journal/blog.

Underneath the photo, answer the Response Questions.

1. On a scale of 1-10 (where 10 is the most difficult), how easy/difficult was the puzzle? How many pieces did it have?

2. What did you like most about doing this particular puzzle?

3. Do you think that you’ll do another puzzle in the future?

4. Did you have a strategy for completing the puzzle?

Complete: One or more projects of interest to you and document them in your journal or blog.