Reflection: ELL Students Like Stacking Blocks: Discovering New Information - Section 2: Modeling and Practice


Although this lesson focuses on teaching students how to be aware of their thinking when they are reading, it is also a lesson on language. I want students to have metacognition with reading by paying attention to specific phrases they may hear in their head as they read. I give students specific phrases such as, "I never knew that..." and "That reminds me of..." These specific phrases also help English Language Learners learn English phrases that they may hear me refer to when I'm thinking out loud or when their peers are sharing. Also, when students have an opportunity to share their own ideas, I might prompt them to use these same phrases. From this lesson, they will be able to make a connection between the experiences they have when they use these phrases. 

However, if I have a student who is struggling to understand the concept of metacognition, I may have the student or an instructional assistant help identify phrases that they may hear in their home language so they can identify new learning as well.

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Unit 9: Exploring Information in Nonfiction Texts
Lesson 5 of 14

Objective: SWBAT determine when they have learned new information by activating prior knowledge.

Big Idea: Students need to first think about what they know before they read so they can identify when they have discovered new information.

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English / Language Arts, Reading, Nonfiction (Reading), Nonfiction Literature, main idea, nonfiction, chart, expository, Fourth Grade, fourth, new learning, nonfiction reading, inferring, subheadings, subtitles
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