Reflection: Intervention and Extension Birds Help Their Young Survive (Cranes) - Section 4: Landing (Closing)


One of the most challenging aspects of teaching is reaching a diverse pool of learners!  In first grade, the writing ability of students is vastly different.  Teachers must find a way to support struggling writers while also simultaneously challenging advanced writers.

This lesson was taught in late October.  By this point in the year, I have some writers who are either completely illegible or who lack the phonics skills to write enough medial sounds for the words to make sense.  Here is a sample of how I support some of my early writers.  When working with this student, I reread the question.  He dictated a sentence to me, which I wrote with a highlighter.  I knew he could sound out the word sit, so I wrote three underline marks and helped him break the sounds apart.  Without one-on-one writing assistance, this student scribbles answers or writes random sight words.  With support, he shows that he understands the content.

Supported writer

By this point in the year, I have established routines in my classroom where children often ask how they can challenge themselves.  One of the established ways my class knows to challenge themselves is to extend their sentence using the word because.  Here, an advanced writer tells us, "I know now that baby cranes hide in their parent's feathers because the baby cranes want to stay safe."  This student makes use of spelling resources in the room as well.

Advanced Writer

  Intervention and Extension: Supporting different ability writers
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Birds Help Their Young Survive (Cranes)

Unit 2: Birds of a Feather Flock Together
Lesson 12 of 16

Objective: SWBAT determine patterns in cranes' behavior that help their offspring survive.

Big Idea: Birds protect their young in some cool ways! See how crane chicks hide in their parents' feathers, and how mom and dad help the chicks survive.

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