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Work to improve oral expression while reading aloud. Young scholars read sentence strips, changing their volume, speed, and tone to match what is written, making the sentence more meaningful. They read an entire story with a partner who uses a checklist to evaluate their use of expression.
Here is a reading comprehension lesson in which learners predict the story plot of Annie and the Wild Animals, by Jan Brett, after viewing the cover. They listen to the story, and answer story structure questions during and after the reading. This lesson is a good way of introducing the reading strategy of making predictions.
Explore a variety of reading strategies with your youngsters! Using the March 2010 issue of Ladybug Magazine, class members investigate several reading comprehension strategies based on the articles, stories, and poems of Ladybug Magazine. The readings are interesting and age appropriate, but you will need to find the magazine's 2010 March issue to utilize this plan!
This is a thoroughly explained expository reading instructional activity that incorporates a variety of research-based practices including Bloom's Taxonomy and Reciprocal Teaching. Vocabulary is front-loaded before elementary learners listen, read, and write responses to articles from the February 2006 issue of Click Magazine. They engage in reading comprehension activities in whole group, small group, and individual sessions.
Strengthen young readers' literacy skills with sequencing activities, illustrating, and writing evaluations based on expository articles in the September 2010 issue of Ladybug Magazine. A detailed description, including theoretical rationales, accompanies this instructional series. Links to other websites designed to support reading comprehension are also included.
Learners read aloud and perform a simplified version of Mark Twain's novel The Prince and the Pauper. They watch a video version of the novel and then analyze, compare, and contrast characters. Each person also writes letters to a character from the point of view of another character and then creates a new ending to the play.
"How can a few good words save a pig's life?" Posed with this question, your ELD learners explore E.B. White's Charlotte's Web in a meaningful, valuable way. By analyzing specific word choice from the book, especially the excerpts describing Charlotte's silken praise for Wilber, young readers can extend their vocabulary and context clue skills. The activity includes a chart with quotes from the book, an adjective-guessing game, and a prompt for an original short story.
Through reading and writing, learners explore common elements found in fairy tales. After discussing traditional fairy tales, class members listen to The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by John Scieszka, a hilarious retelling of the classic tale from the point of view of the wolf. Young writers then compose their own fractured fairy tale, including fairy tale elements and their own twist on a common story! A list of assessment questions is provided to help guide your writers.