I chose this book because the topic is part of our science unit. It's so helpful to read an informational text related to the science or social studies unit you are studying. The review of vocabulary and concepts in this lesson reinforces the our science study and helps students generalize concepts across the curriculum.
You could do this lesson with any informational text and tie in the idea of open and closed syllables. Just preview the text and find words that fit the pattern.
In second grade, students begin to read to learn. They need to be able to read academic vocabulary to learn new concepts. The ability to decode new words, including those with long and short vowels, (RF.2.3c) by using spelling rules, allows students to become more independent readers.
Underlined words below are lesson vocabulary words that are emphasized and written on sentence strips for my Reading & Writing word wall. I pull off the words off the wall for each lesson, helping students understand this key 'reading and writing' vocabulary can be generalized across texts and topics. The focus on acquiring and using these words is part of a shift in the Common Core Standards towards building students’ academic vocabulary. My words are color coded ‘pink’ for literature/’blue’ for reading strategies/’orange’ for informational text/'yellow' for writing/’green’ for all other words)
Common starting point
Give the purpose of the lesson
Introduce strategy - teacher models
Practice strategy - guided practice
Words for the board
itself, insect, protect, ripen, become, nectar, onto, along, open, acorn, explain, people, toward, certain, garden, onto
As we look at open and closed syllables and how words are put together, we are ultimately determining the meaning of words and phrases relevant to a 2nd grade topic (RI.2.4). As students learn how to decode words, they are learning how to draw on their own abilities to learn and read, a shift in the Common Core Standards.
Share what you know
This is a great review of 2 skills - how to read words with closed and open syllables and vocabulary for our science unit. It would be worth going through all of the new words on their lists to touch on the ideas from the book.
Scaffolding and Special Education: This lesson could be easily scaffolded up or down, depending on student ability.
Students with academic challenges may have a harder time with these words and you may want to use a whiteboard to show them how to categorize the word or at least how to break the word into syllables. They may see the pattern if you're able to show them pol/len and stig/ma contrasted with a/corn and ri/pen.
Challenge your students with more ability to think of some other words that fall in this categories - possibly fruits or vegetables that grow on plants to stay within the theme. (orange, apple, pepper....)