Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Birds Help Their Young Survive (Cranes) - Section 3: Soaring to New Heights (Exploration)


Earlier in this unit during a read-aloud about feathers, I introduced Common Core Reading Informational Text standard #6, distinguishing between information provided by the photographs or illustrations and information provided by the text.  This standard goes well with Science and Engineering Practice #8 Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information.  The SEP requires students to make observations from both text and text features (like the photographs in this article).  

My students had some difficulty calling out details from the illustrations in the previous text, so today I am adding in a pre-reading strategy of observing the cover photograph prior to reading the text.  

Learning about cranes from the cover photograph

By turning and talking with a friend, I am hoping that peer modeling through conversations will help students confidently pull details from photographs.

  Adjustments to Practice: Prereading Strategy
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Birds Help Their Young Survive (Cranes)

Unit 2: Birds of a Feather Flock Together
Lesson 12 of 16

Objective: SWBAT determine patterns in cranes' behavior that help their offspring survive.

Big Idea: Birds protect their young in some cool ways! See how crane chicks hide in their parents' feathers, and how mom and dad help the chicks survive.

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