studying text features? Here is a simple
way to tie text features and reading strategies into science or social
studies. Not rocket science, but a lot
of bang for your buck!
on social studies text- big book preferably.
Start the lesson by looking at the table of contents and creating
questions using the table of contest.
This accomplishes two things. 1.) It teaches students to use text
features to create questions- which are important for setting a purpose for
reading. 2.) If you use the DRA kit as an assessment this is required with text
starting at the end of second grade. My
itty bitties are clueless at first unless this has been explicitly taught.
questions created. Show students the
HEADING of the first chapter. Show how
the table of contents and the chapter heading are related (this goes over some
of my guy’s heads!!). Have students look
at the brainstormed list of questions.
Ask students to share with a partner which questions will most likely be
answered in the first chapter. These
required kids to reason using the heading, but scaffolds because you already
started with the chapter titles (if that makes sense). Circle the questions that will most likely
be answered. Read the chapter and then look at the question. Have students answer the questions and record
on the chart.
the most fascinating lesson ever, but it was SO easy to plan and my kids were
with me EVERY step of the way. They were
really interested in the historical people we study in Georgia and the turn and
share with partner broke up a lot of the sit and get. We turn and talk a BUNCH.
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.