Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge Elmer and the Wind - Section 1: Warm Up


Many of my students knew about the tornados that happened last year and they could not stop talking about it.  I was amazed at the detailed events they saw on TV.  It made a great impact on them.  This discussion proved to me that my students come with a variety of back ground knowledge.  It is through the opportunities given to the students to talk about what they saw, what they feel and what they know that they make sense of their world.  The CCSS puts a lot of emphasis on class discussions.  The students learn from each other and are able to connect their knowledge with someone else.  Sharing knowledge is a powerful tool.  Sometimes I feel my students learn as much from each other as they do from me.  Being able to connect what we know to new instruction is important for their comprehension.  Learning new skills is difficult when we have nothing in our background knowledge to relate it to.

  I saw that!
  Connection to Prior Knowledge: I saw that!
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Elmer and the Wind

Unit 8: Elmer
Lesson 8 of 8

Objective: SWBAT engage in class discussions and write an informative paper about the characters in the story.

Big Idea: We will discuss story details and then write an informative paper about the characters.

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