Close Reading in Expert Groups: What is it Like in the Rainforest Canopy? (Pages 13–16)

Put it together piece by piece. Scholars read pages 13-16 of The Most Beautiful Roof in the World by dividing it into chunks. They analyze each chunk for gist and word meaning. Individuals then create a matching game by writing chunk numbers on one index card and gist on another for classmates to match.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Discuss the importance of chunking text as a reading strategy 
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson five of 15 in Grade 5 ELA Module 2a, Unit 2
  • Must complete lessons in order
  • Uses two index cards per pupil
Pros
  • Organizes vocabulary by chunks of text
  • Includes a teacher reference page with definitions to vocabulary
Cons
  • None
Common Core