Lesson: 1: Categorizing Information to Answer a Research Question

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to categorize information to answer a research question.

Lesson Plan

Direct Teaching
(I)               will explain that sometimes to find more information about a topic, we need to do research. I will also explain that good researchers start with a question and then read nonfiction texts to find information that helps them answer their question. I will present a research question, “How do sea animals find food?” I will begin reading Animals of the Sea and Shore by Ann O. Squire, stopping at page 20. While I read, I will model identifying information that answers our research question, as well as taking notes. I will record the information on a chart. (Example Chart is provided.)
 
Guided Practice
(We)           will continue reading Animals of the Sea and Shore, stopping at page 25. We will also continue to identify information from the text that answers our research question. We will add this information to our chart. We will begin to classify and categorize this information. (Example Chart is provided.)
 
Independent Practice
(You)          will finish reading Animals of the Sea and Shore. As you read, you will continue take notes and to classify and categorize the information to answer the research question. (Independent Practice worksheet is provided.)
 
Notes:        Save the notes that you take during the Direct Teaching for use with Lesson 2. You will need to provide students with page 26 to the end of the book to use for Independent Practice.


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Direct Teaching & Guided Practice Teacher Example Chart   Notes
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Student Independent Practice Worksheet   Classwork

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