Reflection: Checks for Understanding Let's learn together - Section 3: Collaboration


Whenever students are working independently, I circulate checking for understanding. If I am working with small groups, I walk around as the kids transition. If it is a whole class activity, I walk around assisting and assessing. This also helps with classroom control. In this lesson (see clip), I was able to give a group a quick reminder of strategies we had talked before. 

In this section, I wanted my students to grapple with complex text by themselves and with the help of others. The shift to Common Core State Standards requires students to collaborate, and I wanted to work within this shift to give my students the opportunity to help each other understand text that may be above their reading skills. Each kids brings different skills to the group. It may be background knowledge, decoding skills, confidence to solve unknown words. Putting these skills together, each group is able to learn a lot more from the text that if they were working by themselves. In addition, watching their peers work gives them a model for future text analysis.


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Let's learn together

Unit 2: Reading and Writing Informational Texts
Lesson 6 of 11

Objective: SWBAT will collaborate in a research project and publish their information in a book.

Big Idea: Three heads are better than one! Working together first graders can gain a lot of information from different books.

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