Lesson: Using a Table of Contents

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Lesson Objective

SWBAT use text features to help them find information and guide their reading. They will talk with their partner about how they used text features today. SWBAT look up 2 pieces of information by using the table of contents.

Lesson Plan

 

SWBAT

 Nonfiction readers find information quickly by using a table of contents

SWBAT use text features to help them find information and guide their reading.  They will talk with their partner about how they used text features today.

Higher-Order: Why does someone use...?

 

Connect:

You've been learning about non-fiction books and the different parts inside. We know about headings, the cover and the table of contents. Yesterday, we practiced looking up information in the index.

 

Teach:

Today I want to teach you readers can also find information quickly by using a table of contents.

 

This is important because as readers and as researches, sometimes we want to learn more about a specific part of a topic, but don't want to reread information we already know or don't need to know. We can scan the Table of Contents to see if the book might contain useful information.

 

Today we will:

1.)  Ask ourselves "What do I want to learn about _______?"

2.)  Answer with 1-2 words

3.)  Turn to the table of contents (first few pages)

4.)  Read each chapter/heading

5.)  Ask "Which Chapter/heading best matches my answer

 

Watch how I use an index in the book 'Snakes Slither and Hiss.' I am doing a report on cobras. I only want to see if this book might talk about cobras. I'll open to the Table of Contents and scan to see if any of the chapter/heading titles match my interests.

 

Active Engagement:

Now it's your turn! Let's look at our Seeds to Apples book. We've already brainstormed some ideas of what could be in our book and read through a few parts. What are some things you want to know more about? How can I say that in 1-2 words (pick out the most important)! Now let's scan the table of contents to see if there is a part of the books which talks about ________. Oh, I see! It's on page ____. Let's flip to that page and read on.

 

Link:

Today and everyday when you want to find information quickly, remember you can also use the table of contents in the first few pages of your book.

 

Independent Work:

SWBAT look up 2 pieces of information by using the table of contents. 

 

Share:

I used a table of contents to look up....

 

 

What went well? The kids have a visual of the 'Seeds to Apples' book in front of them, so they can participate in the active engagement much the same way they would actually look up something in their own 'just-right' books.

 

What would you change? The issue with some lower-level readers is that their books don't always have a Table of Contents. Conversely, if your readers are reading at too high a level, the Table of Contents may not be a one-to-one match with the content. Instead, it may contain plays on words or questions that the kids need to pick up on to determine what the chapter's about.

 

What needs explaining? To demonstrate the significance of the table of contents and index, it helps to match your writing unit to the reading work. For example, my kids wrote an 'All About ______' book about a topic of their choice. In researching and creating their own pieces, they were able to understand the value of being able to look up information. 

 

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From Seed to Apple Book
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Snakes Slither and Hiss book (Amazon)
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