Reflection: Perseverance How to Use Graphs and Charts - Section 4: Independent Practice


In a perfect world, I would have had individual informational texts for each of my students and I would have created question sets that accompanied each text. Just like in my nonfiction text features lesson on maps, I felt at though I found another hole in the children's book market.  I have a great deal of nonfiction texts in my classroom library.  I couldn't find texts that were on a first grade reading level that contained either charts or graphs where my students could study these text features and then be able to answer questions.  As I was planning this lesson, I wanted to emulate an experience that would be similar to what they would need to do in future years.  I was thinking about how in 4th and 5th grades my students would be reading a science or social studies text that contained a chart or graph.  They would have to answer questions by looking at these text features.  These kinds of texts aren't readily available on a first grade reading level.  This is why you have question sets that aren't attached to a particular text.

The independent practice section also showed me that it is important for first grade teachers to teach students how to persevere with their work even though they are having difficulty.  As I've said in other lessons, I am trying to work on my questioning strategies to help students arrive at their own answers. The video here Persevering With Charts and Graphs.mp4 is a good example of how I helped one of my students to persevere through a problem until she found the correct answers.  I loved how she kept working on the problem and didn't get frustrated. I want to keep challenging my students as much as possible and show them that if they don't arrive at the correct answer right away, then show them how to keep trying different ways of attacking the problem until it makes sense. This develops stamina in my students as well. The video is an example of a success I had with a student exemplifying perseverance.  I hope to have many more successes with my students this year.

  Perseverance: Lesson Planning and Developing Stamina and Perseverance in Students
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How to Use Graphs and Charts

Unit 15: Nonfiction Text Features
Lesson 9 of 9

Objective: SWBAT use graphs and chart text features in order to answer questions about key details in the text.

Big Idea: How do I keep all this information straight? Oh yeah, I need to use my charts and graphs!

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English / Language Arts, Nonfiction Text Features
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