Reading: Determining Importance

When we read it is very important we find and understand the most important parts of a text…

To do this we must:

  • Think about what you are reading
  • Think about what you want to learn about
  • Sound out and clarify unknown words
  • Re-word the important facts in our own words




Synthesising: Hurricane Irma

Over the last 2 weeks we have been synthesising from non-fiction and fiction texts. This week we are going to watch a video from Behind the News to synthesise from. Remember when we synthesise we add to our thinking or change our thoughts about a topic, character or storyline.

The video from Behind the News is based on Hurricane Irma.

You will need to write down your before, during and after thinking. We will then put our thinking into a synthesising response.


Leigh Hobbs Author Study – Venn Diagram

Today you are going to make inferences about two Leigh Hobbs books and create a Venn diagram. You will need to infer what is different and similar about Old Tom and Fiona the Pig’s Big Day.

Watch and listen to the stories from the Story Box Library. You may want to track your thinking on a notepad while watching.

When you complete a Venn diagram you need to write what is different about both books on the outside and what is similar on the inside.

Open-Minded Portrait > Old Tom

Today watch and listen to the read aloud and track your thinking about Old Tom. Write down inferences about the character’s feelings, thoughts and traits.

When you complete your reading response, make sure you do your Title/Author/SL1S and then use the template below to complete your open-minded portrait.

I am feeling…   because…    I am thinking…    because…    I now feel…    because…    I think…    because…

Leigh Hobbs

Tomorrow Leigh Hobbs is coming to visit our school. He is a great author and illustrator. Below is a short video about him.

Watch and listen to the follow story, ‘Mr Chicken Arriva a Roma’.

Track your thinking about a character by making inferences about their feelings, thoughts and traits. We will later complete an open-minded portrait.

Reading – OWI

Yesterday we began a unit of work on OWIs. We use OWIs to get us thinking about important parts of a text to help us understand what we are reading. Today we are going to continue to use images to practise completing an OWI.

You will need to:

  • Look carefully at one of the images and pick out 2 important observations (what you can see)
  • Ask a powerful question for each of your observation
  • Infer an answer to your question and try to support your answer with some evidence.