Today, as INQUIRING readers, we set out to use WORD STRUCTURE to determine the meaning of new or tricky words. Affixes were on the agenda.
We began by thinking about a word with the root “touch” introduced in Gloria Whelan’s book In Andal’s House and in Kids Discover: Ancient India.
We then looked at how the word can be modified by adding PREfix before the root and SUFfixes after the root. We also learned a new secret agent code: PqRS. We then had the opportunity to explore the STRUCTURE of words found in one of our resources. Each scholars was challenged to:
- Look through the Kids Discover magazine.
- Identify a ROOT word.
- ReSTRUCTURE the word by adding prefixes and suffixes.
- Explain how the restructuring changes the meaning of the word.
- Create a learning poster to make your thinking visible.
- Seesaw your process. (We did not get to this today, but will try to Seesaw tomorrow.)
Ms. Chofi also suggested we try:
We also continued practicing PARTitioning rectangles and connecting our pictorial presentation to the more abstract PARTial products. Using these two strategies, we multiplied four-digit by one-digit factors.
To end the day, students began to access our prior knowledge about India. With STRUCTURE in mind, we began a KWHLAQ process. In small groups, students began to:
- Ponder what they already KNOW about India.
- Pick and prioritize things they WANT to know more about.
As we worked through the remainder of this process, we will be able to narrow down and focus our inquiries.