Lesson: Using a Glossary

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Lesson Objective

Readers notice bolded words and look up words they don’t know by using a glossary SWBAT look up 2 new words by using the glossary in their ‘just-right’ book

Lesson Plan

 

TP:

Readers notice bolded words and look up words they don't know by using a glossary

SWBAT look up 2 new words by using the glossary in their 'just-right' book

 

Connect:

We've been learning about the text features of non-fiction books. Yesterday, we learned how to look up information quickly by using an index and table of contents.

 

Teach:

Today I want to teach you that Readers notice bolded (important!) words and look up words they don't know by using a glossary

 

This is important because non-fiction texts are giving us lots of new information about the topic we're studying. Along with this new information come new vocabulary words. To help us so that we don't have to run back and forth between a dictionary, authors and publishers create a glossary of new words and their definitions in the back.

 

Watch me as I read 'Exploring Saturn' and notice the bolded (important!) words. When I get to a bolded word I don't know, I'll look it up in the glossary in the back of the book.

 

p.13 - Craters, look up "A bowl-shaped hole' Hmm, so I'm picturing like a cereal bowl, and now I'm thinking about a hole in the earth shaped like that. I get it! So Saturn's moons have bowl-shaped holes in the ground. And they also tell us that our moon, the one we see in the sky each night, also has these holes.

 

Active Engagement:

Now it's your turn! Let's continue reading our book 'Seed to Apples.' When we get to a word that you don't know, put your thumb up. Then, we'll turn to the glossary to find out what it means.

 

Link:

Today and everyday when you're reading non-fiction books, remember to notice the bolded words and look up words you don't know by using a glossary.

 

Today you will continue reading your non-fiction books. Try to practice using the glossary by looking up 2 bolded words.

 

Share:

A new word I look up was ________. It means _____________________.

 

What went well? The lesson is pretty straightforward for kids of all levels. Generally, the kids were excited about learning new words and their meaning.

 

 

What would you change? During the active engagement, I had to guide the kids a little bit on how to determine when they don't know the meaning of the word AND/OR to guide them to pay attention to the bolded words and look up the ones they don't know at all.

 

 

What needs explaining? The 'Seeds to Apples' book was used in the previous lessons of the units. I have the pages of the book photocopies and put across chart paper so that the kids can do the lesson's active engagement in the same, familiar text each day.

Lesson Resources

Glossary Chart   Other
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From Seed to Apple Book
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Exploring Saturn
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Table of Contents Lesson   Lesson Plan
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