I'm the master of reading menus, mainly because I love to eat! I really do have a gift for quickly reading a menu and determining the best dish quickly and efficiently...just ask my husband, for whom I order often!
I digress...I thought my students should have the same menu advantage I do, so I created this lesson for my struggling readers. I want my students to learn how to skim and scan a text and look for the most important information.
First, I gave them the Mexican Meal sheet, just to see where they were...as a kind of assessment. Here's what that looked like:
So, then we played with our Practical Practice reading cards, using the menu portion. I gave three different menus: Petes Pizza, Burgerama, and Pasketti Palace. I assigned one of my students as the "host" or "judge" and slip the class into two teams (I have a total of 8 kids in my RTI class, so it's usually 4 against 4). I gave the "host" the Pasketti Palace Questions, Burgerama Questions, and the Pete's Pizza Questions. He asked, as the teams struggled to answer.
I wish I had a buzzer system, but hand-slapping-on-the-table seemed to work okay, too!