Lesson: Using Charts, Diagrams and Maps

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Lesson Objective

Non-fiction readers use charts to learn more information about their reading SWBAT identify 2 pieces of information they learned by reading a chart/map/diagram in their ‘just-right’ book (use post-its)

Lesson Plan

 

TP:

Non-fiction readers use charts to learn more information about their reading

SWBAT identify 2 pieces of information they learned by reading a chart/map/diagram in their 'just-right' book (use post-its)

 

Connect:

We have been learning about non-fiction texts and how to use the features of a text to guide us as we read. Yesterday, you were able to look closely at the pictures of a text after reading to tell you more about what you read. You may have noticed that there are many other visuals in your books besides pictures, such as charts, diagrams, and maps.

 

Teach:

Today I'm going to teach you that readers use charts, diagrams, and maps to learn more information about their reading.

 

This is important because often charts, maps, and diagrams give us information that is NOT in the text of the book. The charts give us detailed explanations of the information before us.

 

When I get to a chart/diagram/map, I'm going to

1.) Read the title/heading

2.) Look for a key

3.) Read across columns, matching up the information I read with the headings or key provided.

 

Watch me as I read and study the charts in learn more in 'The Safari Encyclofact.' (p.18) This map shows me Famous Ski-Resort areas in the world. I see there is a 'key' or 'legend' at the bottom of the page which tells me what the pictures on the map me. For example, for Aspen, Colorado, the pink picture tells me that people like to snowboard there. The green picture tells me that people like to do downhill skiing there.

 

AE:

Now it's your turn! Let's look at p. 4 and p.5 of 'The Safari Encyclofact.' Together lets:

1.) Read the title/heading

2.) Look for a key

3.) Read across columns, matching up the information I read with the headings or key provided.

 

(On p.4, students will see a heading of 'Five Kinds of Penguins.' Following the arrows, they will notice that there are pictures with the name of each type of penguin below. On p. 5, a key lets students know that pink shaded regions on the map are placed where penguin live. Students can notice where in the world penguin might be found living.)

 

 What information are we learning from the charts?

 

Link:

Today and everyday when you are reading, use the charts, diagrams, and maps to tell you more information about your topic.

 

Today you will read your non-fiction texts and use the charts, diagrams, and maps to tell you more information about your topic.

 

Share:

This chart/map/diagram tells me more about _____________________________.

 

 

What went well?  Giving the kids a strategy for reading the charts/diagrams/maps worked well. Often, they read across or randomly across the page and don't pick up on the big picture of what the visual is telling them.

 

 

What would you change? I think the kids might have needed more time to spend on different maps, charts, and diagram. I crammed them all into one day because of timing, but I wouldn't recommend it. I think having a separate day for each would be ideal, but not feasible for most.

 

 

What need explaining? The lesson may seem unclear without the same books in front of you.  Also, some kids might need clarification on the difference between a map, chart, and diagram.

 

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