Reflection: Student Led Inquiry Laying the Foundation Day 1 - Section 4: Independent Practice


It should be noted that students need a lot of modeling, guided practice, and independent practice to get to an awareness point that they really do not understand or know an unfamiliar word or phrase.  As any experienced teacher would tell you, many times First Graders want to please their teacher and will write as many words as possible on their paper in order to seek appraisal, at the other end of the spectrum are the students who lack confidence in their ability to read- and they too will write many words.  Besides modeling and practicing in differentiated reading groups, I also help students realize they really do know words through our spelling program, along with grammar and spelling activity sheets that include synonyms, homophones, and cloze reading activities where students need to choose the correct word to finish the paragraph.

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Laying the Foundation Day 1

Unit 3: Learning New Words and Making Discoveries
Lesson 1 of 7

Objective: “SWBAT use text and picture clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words in the text.

Big Idea: Instead of telling your students new word meanings, let them take ownership for their learning.

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