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Mid-Unit Assessment: Close Reading of Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle: Bullfrog Life Cycle
The sixth lesson in this Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle unit assesses your third graders' ability to read and understand informational text. The included assessment asks students to take notes about the main idea and supporting details of the text, while also focusing on information they can find in the illustrations. Using their notes, learners then answer one multiple choice and two free-response questions to demonstrate their understanding of the content and key vocabulary. Following the short test, pupils complete a self-assessment requiring them to reflect on how well they are meeting the specific learning goals of the unit. This lesson serves as an excellent resource for a teacher looking to determine their class's ability to read and comprehend this story about bullfrogs.
End of Unit 1 Assessment: Close Reading and Powerful Note-Taking on My Own
As the final lesson in a larger beginning-of-the-year unit to establish routines and teach close reading skills, this plan is designed as an assessment piece. Using the story, The Librarian of Basra, learners independently complete three activities previously practiced: finding the gist and identifying unknown vocabulary, reading again for important details, and powerful notetaking for answering text-dependent questions. Although the plan is scheduled for one hour, it may be helpful to extend work time and break the activities into a two day cycle.
ELA11-12: Reading Literature - Romeo and Juliet
“What is the theme of this story?” Now there’s a question all pupils dread. Rather than encountering a sea of faces that look like they were painted by Edward Munch, face a classroom filled with smiles and confidence. Show your readers how to determine the theme of a work. After modeling and discussing the differences between motifs and themes, groups engage in a series of activities that ask them to identify the motifs and the authors’ messages about these motifs in works they have read. Rich in detail, the packet deserves a place in your curriculum library.
New! Reading an Informational Text: "It All Started with Sputnik"
Sputnik was one of the greatest scientific advancements of the 1950s, and this reading activity does it justice. Pupils start off with pre-reading questions and a video. They then read an excerpt from an article, which is accompanied by vocabulary, short-answer questions, and other close reading tasks. Small groups work on the questions together and all pupils must decide on the author's purpose. Also included is a set of writing assignment suggestions, which could use more detail.
Reading Poetry: "love is a place" by E. E. Cummings
Show your class how to read, and analyze poetry through the rules of grammar as you explore “love is a place” by E.E. Cummings. Some might consider this plan overbearing and beating poetry to death, which might be true, if you do all of the activities. However, the plan offers a unique way to show young learners how to read closely and deeply. The guided worksheet moves readers through the poem and has them analyze the literary devices, syntax, and grammar of the poem in search of meaning. A little part of this resource would go a long way.
Responding with Reading
Explore the actions of emergency responders with youngsters. They will read a book pertaining to these careers and then write a summary of the book that includes a beginning, middle, and end. Note taking and illustrations will be used as a strategy in the lesson.
Asking Questions as We Read
Students use reading strategies to self assess their reading comprehension. In this reading assessment lesson, students recognize the strategies that help them assess how much they understand of what they read. Students pair share to explain the purpose of their reading.
Beginning the READ 180 Routine - Teaching the Rotations
Students identify each of the three rotations for the READ 180 classroom (computer, independent reading, and small group instruction) and the expectations for each. They check out audiotapes and books for independent reading and discuss the anti-bullying materials provided during small-group lessons. Finally, students describe an ideal classroom learning environment and make commitments toward that ideal.
End of Unit 2 Assessment: Working with Two Texts - Reading, Listening, Summarizing, and Synthesizing
As a summative assessment for this unit on colonial trade, fourth graders listen to and read informational texts in order to demonstrate their ability to take notes, write summaries, and draw connections. Young scholars first listen as the teacher reads aloud a text about a New York merchant, taking categorized notes on the information they hear. Next, students independently read a piece of writing about shipbuilders, once again taking notes using the provided graphic organizer. Finally, they use their notes to answer multiple choice questions, write a summary about shipbuilders, and write a paragraph describing the interdependence of these two trades. The lesson provides a complete assessment of the listening, reading, and writing skills developed by pupils during the course of this research-based unit.
Formative Assessments: Dickens' A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol provides the text for a formative assessment exercise designed for middle schoolers. Patterned on the AP exam, the packet includes a treasure trove of materials including answer keys, rationales, metadata, and attributes for each question, sample essays, and scoring guides for each essay prompt. The three types of assessments included (close reading multiple choice, editing multiple choice, and essay response) are designed to build the skills of learners and give feedback to instructors. Well worth a place in your curriculum library.
End of Unit Assessment: On-Demand Paragraph Writing
In a two-part lesson, fourth graders are first assessed on their ability to produce an explanatory paragraph and then participate in a gallery walk, presenting their final constitution paragraphs to their peers. To start, learners write a paragraph explaining how their class constitution solves one of several issues described in a bar graph about bullying. Next, a gallery walk is held in which the class reads and posts comments on each others' writing. As a conclusion to the unit, the lesson nicely summarizes and celebrates the development students have made as young writers.
On-Demand Assessment: Writing of an Information Paragraph About How a Bullfrog Survives
Having read and discussed Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle, third graders demonstrate their bullfrog expertise by writing informational paragraphs. Building on the note-taking and paragraph planning from the previous lesson, learners create writing with a topic sentence, supporting details, and concluding sentence while focusing on carefully choosing words for effect. Following completion of the assessment, children read their writing aloud in small groups before working collaboratively to create and act out short skits about bullfrogs. Though designed as a writing assessment, the resource also addresses students' comprehension of an informational text.
New! Plant or Animal?
Teach your class about the necessities of life using the book Tillena Lou's Day in the Sun. After a teacher-read-aloud, students make puppets depicting different plants and animals from the story and illustrating the habitat in which they live. The puppets are shared with the class and facilitate a discussion about the similarities and differences between plants and animals. The lesson plan calls for a two-column chart to record ideas from the discussion, but consider using a Venn diagram to better highlight comparisons. As an extension, take a nature walk with your class and have them record different plants and animals they observe.
Close Reading of Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle: Text Dependent Questions and Vivid Words and Phrases
As 3rd graders continue reading Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle, they focus on the concepts of predator and prey in the fifth instructional activity of this unit. Scholars further develop their ability to answer questions using evidence from the text as they look at the relationship between the bullfrog and other animals in its habitat. To better understand their reading, young scholars focus on identifying vivid language used in the book and the author's reason for choosing these unique words and phrases. Children practice using context clues to find meaning in unfamiliar vocabulary from their reading, and work in groups to act out the new words for the class. A great differentiated instructional activity that supports all learners as they continue to read and form understanding of this informational text.
Close Reading of Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle: Text-Dependent Questions, Main Ideas, and Key Vocabulary about the Bullfro
As your 3rd grade class finishes reading Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle, the eighth lesson of this unit helps readers from an understanding of the very specific information on the final page of the book. As with the entire unit, students answer questions by citing evidence from the text as they learn more facts about bullfrogs. Key vocabulary from the story is addressed in an activity where learners create glossaries including their own definitions and illustrations of the different words. A great lesson that furthers young scholars' ability to read and understand informational text.
Continued Close Reading of Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle: Text-Dependent Questions and Vivid Words and Phrases
In the third lesson from this unit based on the book Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle, learners focus on using specific details from the text-to-answer questions about the habitat of bullfrogs. While reading the text, young scholars are asked to identify vivid language used by the author and explain why they think those words and phrases were chosen. As pupils encounter new and difficult vocabulary, they practice using context clues to determine their meaning. This vocabulary skill is reinforced further as they work in groups to act out the meaning of new words from the text. An excellent combination of reading, writing, and discussion, this resource is comprehensive and includes everything you need as your class continues to investigate the world of the bullfrog.
Close Reading in the Classroom
Close reading is key to the analysis and interpretation of literature. A close reading of the title and the epigraph of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” offers readers an opportunity to examine how even single words or names can contribute to the development of a motif or theme. To begin the examination, individuals respond to several questions that ask them to consider Prufrock’s name. After sharing their responses, groups use the provided questions and focus on the poem’s epigraph. The resource contains everything you need to promote close reading and deserves a place in your curriculum library.
Mid-Unit 2 Assessment: Inferring About the Silversmith Trade in Colonial Times
The seventh lesson plan in this unit on colonial trade assesses fourth graders' ability to use details from an informational text to make inferences and create a piece of informative writing. The included assessment begins with learners reading about silversmiths and using the provided graphic organizer, sorting the information into given categories. Young historians then answer an inferential question before continuing on to write a help wanted ad. A well-rounded assessment that can be used as part of the unit or as a stand-alone evaluation of young scholars reading and writing skills.
Reading Closely to Expand Understanding of Adaptations
Third graders work to determine the main idea, recall key details, and answer questions using an informational text on the topic of animal adaptations. Using the non-fiction text "Staying Alive: Animal Adaptations" (provided) the teacher will read the story aloud modeling fluent reading while the class follows along. Next, independently learners will re-read the story on their own using the close reading routine they worked on in a previous unit. During this process, learners will write down notes and vocabulary from the text to capture the gist of the text and compare their notes with a partner. To help capture the main idea and details from the text, readers will be guided to fill out a recording form (given). This lesson and the corresponding unit provide an organized & structured format to teach the concept of reading for information, comprehending what is read, and answering questions about a text providing supporting details. With the text and recording sheet included, it makes this lesson very easy to implement.
Close Reading of Thank You, Mr. Falker: Identifying the Superpowers of Reading
Third graders read excepts from the story, Thank You, Mr. Falker in order to gain practice in understanding an unfamiliar story by focusing on the details. They use a worksheet, embedded in the plan, which directs them to certain passages in the book. They go back and re-read them, then complete two worksheets for homework. The first one has them describe the character, setting, motivation, problem, and resolution of the story. The second has them write an essay in which they compose a paragraph that describes what the lesson of the story is - in their minds. An interesting, and thought-provoking language arts lesson!