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Text Clues and Background Knowledge
Teach youngsters how to evaluate background knowledge, pictures, and context clues to draw a reasonable conclusion about a story. They practice using the discussed clues as they read the story, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. They create charts noting what clues they used to draw conclusions about specific events in the story.
Cross-Genre Lesson: Exploring a Thematic Idea of Informational and Literary Texts
Let the synthesizing begin as your learners trace and explore thematic ideas through informational and literary texts that concern Ramses II and the fall of Saddam Hussein. Learners begin by examining an encyclopedia article concerning Ramses and progress to “Ozymandias” by Shelly, and an article from National Geographic of the same topic but of a different tone. Readers compare the three texts and finalize the persona of Ramses. They also develop a theme from the three texts. Learners connect the themes through a photograph of the fall of Saddam Hussein’s statue in a Bagdad city square. From that, they analyze hubris of the leaders. Everyone in the class is challenged with argument and synthesis essays.
Text to Self Connections
Students read the story Ira Sleeps Over and write something about the end of the story that they have a connection with in their own life. For this text to self lesson plan, students look for something that helps them relate to the story better.
Exploring Contrasts in "The Lanyard" by Billy Collins
Middle schoolers analyze the speaker's ideas and tone in the Billy Collins poem "The Lanyard." After identifying how each of the five senses is addressed in the poem, they compare images to draw conclusions about the speaker and his mother. They then identify irony in the poem and view a video of Billy Collins reading his poem.
How Much Screen Time?
Conduct original research with a social survey about television viewing time. Sixth graders take notes about television viewing and then come up with at least three hypotheses to test with their surveys. The plan calls for collaboration between the sixth and eighth graders; however, if this is not possible, the work could be completed by either grade. Informational text, note-taking pages, survey recording sheets, and conclusions record sheets are all included.
Understanding a Story
Reading comprehension is the name of the game! After listening to the teacher model and share personal prior knowledge about small children and what they do with food, the class discusses how they too can use prior knowledge to understand text. They read the story, I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child, and apply their personal background knowledge to draw conclusions about the story.
Lesson: Possible Perspectives
Visual art is the inspiration for a creative writing activity focused on having learners write from different perspectives. They analyze the image Yellow Rain Jacket, picking out details to help their storytelling. They use the details to draw conclusions about the horse and rider, then write a story from a unique perspective.
Fourth graders practice making predictions and drawing conclusions. In this literacy lesson plan, 4th graders read "Grace and the Time Machine." Students make predictions and draw conclusions about the story based on ideas in the text of the story as well as life experience.
Full of Hot Air
Ninth graders use scientific investigation to count how many breaths change the distance of a balloon rocket. In this drawing conclusions lesson students work in groups to create a model, gather data and draw conclusions.
Drawing Conclusions - Is This a Map of the Underground Railroad?
Students complete activities to study potential maps of the Underground Railroad. In this Underground Railroad lesson, students watch a video about map collector Anne Zorela's Underground Railroad map. Students complete a graphic organizer to determine the validity of the map and outline the points of disagreement made by history detective Gwendolyn Wright. Students state why they agree or disagree with Anne's conclusion.
Drawing Conclusions from Two Poems
Ninth graders examine the themes of two poems and apply the themes to real-life situations. They follow along with a teacher read aloud and respond in writing to questions about the poetry. Also, they write an essay comparing another poem with the first two.
Third graders conduct surveys from a selected number of people. Then students use this data to create various kinds of graphs. After completion of the graphs, they analyze their data and then draw conclusions from this data.
Students identify the qualities needed to become President of the United States. Using the internet, they discover the differences in character of past presidents and draw conclusions about their time in office. They relate a piece of artwork to a specific president's reign as well.
Third graders examine data. In this graphing lesson, 3rd graders write surveys and conduct the surveys in class. Students record their data on the Data Collection Instrument and graph it. Student analyze the data and draw conclusions based on the data.
Size It Up: Map Skills
Compare information from a US population cartogram and a standard US map. Learners draw conclusions about population density by analyzing census data a population distribution. They discover that census data is used to apportion seats in the House of Representatives.
Learners compare and contrast the monuments of four ancient cultures and draw conclusions about the origins, construction, and purposes of these structures.
Ideas like this are highly effective for helping build better reading comprehension. The class listens to an excerpt from a grade-appropriate text, and they discuss what clues or words helped them visualize the scene. They then read a different excerpt and attempt to draw what they read. As pupils read, they will also list what they infer about the character, plot, and setting of the book. Tip: This activity would be a great way to introduce a class novel or a way to discuss reading strategies.
Light, Camera, Action! Shadows?
Students explore shadows. In this sun and shadow science lesson, students work in groups to set up an outdoor shadow measuring station. Students observe shadows several times a day, take digital pictures, record data, and draw conclusions about the relationship between the sun's position and movement and the resulting shadow. Students create a multi-media presentation about their experiment.
More Power to You
Students explore renewable and nonrenewable energy sources and develop a documentary that explores multiple energy sources and draws conclusions about their uses.
Egypt's Greatest Leaders
Students study about seven of Egypt's most famous pharaohs. They discuss leadership styles and draw conclusions about the success of each of these pharaohs. They, in groups, create a project about a pharaoh they studied.