A few weeks ago I published a blog post a nonfiction scavenger hunt and then an online magazine to use for modeling on a Smart Board or Promethean board. I did the lesson and it went alright, but I do have a few reflections:
1. Even projected on the Promethean board, the magazine was still slightly “fuzzy.” I loved using a real-world example (especially a magazine) but some of the features were still to blurry to read.
2. When the students did the hunt in their own texts (three baskets of leveled books, each students assigned to a different basket by reading level) they did find features, but since they went through SEVERAL texts in one sitting, it was hard to see if students were accurately identifying features. I was able to observe and help kids, but it left too much in the air for me to be comfortable to see if they really “got it.”
So you guys know me)…I made some “tweaks” for next year.
First I found this AWESOME site via Pinterest (I wish I knew the original pin so I could give credit!). When I saw the site, I knew it was PERFECT for this lesson. There are several appropriate texts, but I noticed there was a rocks and minerals books geared for ages 8-10. Rocks and minerals is a unit of study in third grade science (Georgia).
Mandy Gregory is a 2007 and 2012 Teacher of the Year. She has taught 4th, 3rd, and 2nd grade in both the general education and inclusion setting. She is the owner and creator of the Teaching Tips website (www.mandygregory.com) and has over 10 years of experience. She is married with two beautiful children.