Whole Group Activities (60 minutes)
Before: (20 minutes)
1. In order to activate prior knowledge, the students will gather in collaborative groups to complete the K(now) and W(onder) of a KWL graphic organizer.
2. After the students have had about ten minutes, each group will do a Gallery Walk rotation North, South, East, and West around the classroom to chart results from KW. This should be completed in ten minutes.
During: (20 minutes)
Close Reading Steps
1. Questioning the Author
Using the text "What Is a Plant" and "Plant Parts", students will read the text the first time to find out what the author is telling the reader. Students will complete Section I of the graphic organizer jotting down notes about a.) unfamiliar words and b.) questions they may have about the text.
2. Say What, Author?
Together, the students and teacher will reread the text "What Is a Plant" and "Plant Parts". The students will search for text evidence using evidence finders (kbumreading.com) to locate picture and textual evidence.
a.) The teacher will ask text-dependent questions.
Strategy: Make and Confirm Predictions (Teacher Think Aloud) On these pages, I see different kinds of plant parts. I will make a prediction about what this information text selection is about. I predict that this text is about how all kinds of seeds grow into tiny plants. I will read the text to find out what it is about. Then I will check whether my prediction is correct. The teacher will point out content words: seeds, root, and sprout. Students will be guided to use context clues from the text and diagram to understand and gain meaning.
Text Feature: Diagram Teacher Think Aloud
This picture is a diagram. It shows a plant--even parts that are normally underground. It has labels for all the parts. I know that this illustration is a diagram because it shows the parts of a plant and it has labels to name the parts. I can learn information from the diagram.
3. Write to the author.
Students will think about what the author wrote. The students will label/write the parts of the flower and it's main purpose in Section III.
What parts of a plant does the diagram show?
- Close Reading Routine (Outlined in Before-During-After)
- Questioning Techniques to facilitate deep thinking and meaning of text
- Speaking and Listening Routines