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- Lexington, KY
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Here is a wonderful lesson designed for students with special needs. This well-thought-out lesson uses Big Books, familiar stories, and has a lot of review learning built into it. The book, The Keeping Quilt is used in the main part of the lesson. Each pupil receives a copy of their own, and the teacher uses the guided reading method until learners are ready to read the book on their own.
First graders participate in a guided reading lesson. In this guided reading lesson, 1st graders read David's Drawings by Cathryn Falwell, which is a realistic fiction book on the DRA:16 level. They determine the author's message, and make text to self connections. They work with words and phrases to increase reading fluency. This lesson is in English and Spanish.
Third graders read Children of the Earth and Sky: Five Stories about Native American Children by Stephen Krensky. In this guided reading lesson plan, 3rd graders gain knowledge about various Native American tribes. Using a graphic organizer they will note the names of tribes, where they lived, and what activities and food they were known for. This lesson plan includes a list of vocabulary, printable graphic organizers, a resource link for extra activities, and a suggestion for assessment.
First graders read the book, Confetti Eggs. Working in guided reading groups, they discuss making crafts with eggs and preview the book by looking at the pictures and making predictions. After reading the book aloud, they discuss how to make confetti eggs and follow the sequence of steps involved.
Students participate in a guided reading of Leslie Johnson's, Fancy Dance and discover how to sequence events. This lesson stresses word recognition, suffixes and prefixes, and sentence structure. Cross-curricular activities involve art, science, social studies, and math.
Second graders read the book, Ten Oni Drummers. Working in guided reading groups, they discuss fantasy as a genre and preview the book. They review word identification strategies and read the book silently. After reading, they confirm their predictions and discuss their dreams in relation to the story.
Students read Knots on a Counting Rope, by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault. In this guided reading lesson, students evaluate the characteristics of a realistic fiction piece. They are asked comprehension questions during and after the reading and there is a short individual writing assignment upon completion of the reading. A list of vocabulary words is provided.
Students gather facts about important American historical figures and the events that made them important during guided reading. In this Famous Americans lesson plan, students use strategies from the writer's workshop to utilize the facts they have collected and write a big book. Books are presented to the school library.
Readers are presented with a list of three questions and asked to actively listen to a story or article to answer them. They verbally answer the questions to learn the strategy. Next, read a story to them or have them silently read a story and then articulate the main idea. They should be able to support their responses when questioned.
Here is a reading strategies lesson in which learners use post it notes to create a bulletin board. They post their new questions on the bulletin board and look back at questions they have already learned the answer to. A great idea, this activity shows young learners how much they learn through reading!
First graders develop fluency and awareness of concepts of print. In this music and language arts lesson, 1st graders identify patterns and music in singing with those found while reading. Students practice skills in guided reading groups, choral reading, echo reading, and cloze. Materials and directions are provided throughout this six week unit.