Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Comparing Two Characters from a Child's Perspective - Section 5: Independent Practice


I felt my students did a good job understanding the differences between Toot and Puddles.   Their understanding and ease of using the Venn diagram was an eye opening experience for me, because they did a much better job than I had expected.  And made me wonder if I am giving my students the credit they deserve.  Perhaps I should start these types of activities earlier in the year.  Even the small group of students who I pulled for extra time and attention understood what to do, they just needed help getting started and reassurance  that they were doing it right. 

I also stepped away from the pacing guide for the last lesson.  I thought after two days of reading the same texts and doing the same activities- how independent would my students really get.  I choose a text with familiar characters to help build their confidence in their abilities to compare and contrast more on their own.

This was one of the first times that I 'let go' and had my students choose their own partners. The ticket out the door question was to help me understand it is ok to let my students choose their own work partners. 

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Comparing Two Characters from a Child's Perspective

Unit 1: Events and Characters
Lesson 4 of 10

Objective: SWBAT complete a Venn diagram comparing the characters Toot and Puddles, and use their Venn diagrams to write a comparison narrative in their journal.

Big Idea: Help build your students confidence and independence by teaching through characters they know and love.

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