Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Winter - Section 3: Explore


Now, I do find that first graders really do not know how to generate questions, and that can be explicitly taught in small group. But, answering a specific question in a text can be just as overwhelming. I ask the students to listen to the questions first, because it gives them something to look for in the text. It's like going on a scavenger hunt, because we need to know what we are looking for in the hunt. When we read we need to know what we are looking for, and it takes several readings to do this. Well, it actually takes months of practice too. I usually begin with a sentence. After students can answer specific questions in a sentence, then I allow them to read or listen to a paragraph. After listening to the paragraph, the students answer a specific question. Last, I begin reading a lengthy text, but I always tell them the question first. 

Another way to really eliminate the frustration of decoding is to read the text to the class, and then let them answer a question. But, the question has to be told to the students up front. It teaches them to listen for evidence in a text.

  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Questions
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Unit 5: The Sun, Earth, and Moon
Lesson 6 of 11

Objective: SWBAT identify patterns in winter.

Big Idea: Help students learn to see patterns in the earth's tilt, orbit, and the amount of daylight in the winter.

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