Seashore and the Coral Reef

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SWBAT ask and answer questions about a piece of informational text.

Big Idea

Take a science lesson to the sea and build knowledge by asking questions.


10 minutes

Lesson Overview

In this lesson I decided to use dive into the Coral Reef and Explore the Seashore texts from because they are both about the ocean.  Keeping the topic similar helps students deepen their contextual knowledge about a topic.  I find that teaching students science and reading at the same time is more interesting and beneficial to my students.  They seem to get more out of the lesson.

The students work in mixed groups (Peanut Butter Jelly Partner) during the entire lesson. I also like to do Transitions every twenty minutes to keep my students focused.

Introductory Activity

To begin the lesson I ask the students to ask their partners as many questions as they can about the image of the coral reef on the Promethean board.  I listen to see how much my students know and if they really know what a question is because sometimes that is an issue in first grade.  I remind the class of the words that questions begin with and to try to start their sentence with one of those words. (who, what, when, where, why, how)

After sharing the lesson plan with the class we chant the lesson goal and move to the desks. I can ask and answer questions about the details in a text.

Guided Practice

20 minutes

Student Reflection

5 minutes

Next the class transitions back to the lounge for the students to present their work and provide feedback to their peers.  Prior to the presentations I go over every rule of speaking and listening, because this makes the experience successful for the students.  

After each presentation I ask my students to share ideas or ways they could improve their work. Then I share my thoughts about their work to model evaluating, because it is a challenging and higher order thinking activity.


5 minutes

During the closure I like to assess my students knowledge and I do this by ask them to tell their partner two questions they might have about this  text  I project on the board.   This is a fun way to see if my students can create a question that has to do with the specific details in a text. I listen attentively so I can assess their understanding.

Last, we chant the lesson goal so the students really understand what was important about the lesson. I can ask and answer questions about details in a text.