In Stage 3 reading groups with Miss Sallis, students voted to read the story ‘Girl Underground’ by Morris Gleitzman.
Students have been working very hard to develop their thinking through several activities. Here’s what the reading group had to say about these activities and their learning experiences:
Compass Points (By Ebaa, Katarina, Cindy, Gavin and Abudie)
In reading groups, we were working on Compass Points where you think about ‘N’ (need to know) ‘E’ (for excited) ‘S’ (for suggestions for moving forward) and ‘W’ (for worrisome ). The point/reason that we started participating in this activity is that in the novel, the main character Bridget comes to a point where she has to make a decision if she should tell her classmates about her family secret.
Everyone enjoyed participating in this activity because we all got to connect with each other and share our ideas as a supportive team.
Compass Points - to evaluate a decision in the story
Connections (By Irene, Elisa and Laura)
We worked in groups to connect parts of ‘Girl Underground’ to ourselves, to the world and to other texts. From this activity we have learnt that there are many similarities between the story ‘Girl Underground’ and ‘Boy Overboard’. It also helped us understand the emotions and actions in the story because we could think of a time when we have previously experienced those things in our life. We enjoyed this activity.
Connecting text to self, other texts and the world
New Words List (By Lamin, Michael, Hinok and Sarah)
In our reading groups, we have made a new words list. Words we see that we don’t understand, we write it down on our list. E.g. apprehending, turnip, striding, quizzically and gratitude.These are interesting words! This list is good because it helps our learning so we can understand new words.
Our new words list, where we record and research unfamiliar words as we read them