Reflection: Lesson Planning Information Gathering: Facts About Spiders - Section 2: Activity


Many science teachers might look at this lesson and think "I don't teach reading" and just provide students with the articles and trust they will be able to pull out the important information on their own.  While for some student this is true, there is a high number of students that struggle with reading science/informational test.

After several years, I have become a firm believer in the use of reading strategies (that I never would have tried if it was not for a district initiative!).  Even the strong readers will one day come across a text that proves challenging to them.  By practicing and mastering these strategies now, students will have some strategies at their disposal when that time arises.

Think across the text is a great strategy for getting students in the proper mindset to read as it gives them an idea of the type of information they will be discovering and offers them a chance to develop some questions that can guide their reading.

Selective highlighting is an awesome active during reading strategy.  We have all been witness to (guilty of?) over highlighting a reading to the point of uselessness.  Selective highlighting requires students to read with an objective in mind, such as finding descriptions of body characteristics and habitat of spiders, and to only highlight information relating to that objective.

After learning how to use these strategies, I have found that my students are far more efficient at reading science texts.  Investing the time up front definitely pays off later in the year. 

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Information Gathering: Facts About Spiders

Unit 5: Biodiversity and Spiders
Lesson 3 of 9

Objective: SWBAT create a list of characteristics and interesting facts about spiders.

Big Idea: Students critically read scientific texts adapted for classroom use to determine the central ideas and/or obtain scientific information to gather evidence about the natural world.

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