Today in English our focus was on inferring. Using information in the text and our background knowledge (schema) to “read between the lines”. We were making inferences based on observing a photograph. This is the photograph that we looked at:
This was our thinking organizer:
And finally, our summary:
This is a picture of four children who are child labourers. The children are working in a city, but we are not sure which one. It could be India, but this is based on the title of the picture and not the picture itself. The children are probably working during the day because the sun is out. They might be working because the family needs money.
Inferring is a very important part of reading (and daily life – just watch CSI!). We are working on being aware of our thinking while we read (meta-cognition – thinking about our thinking). We will do a few more photo activities and then move on to inferring from written text.
In math we learned how to use the area model to multiply. It’s a bit like breaking numbers apart because we break the numbers down into smaller ones to multiply. But it also shows the relationship between multiplicaiton and area. Tomorrow we will video tape ourselves using various and algorithms in mulitplication as Mr. T asked us which ones we use and like.