Reflection: Complex Tasks How Does the Moon Get its Light? - Section 3: Explore:


Close Reading teaches students to uncover the different layers of meaning that leads to deeper comprehension of difficult text. In this lesson you will see that I provided a lot of support for my first time Close-Readers.  The model I use to support this complex task is called the Coaching Model. It also is known as the Gradual Release of Responsibility - I do, we do, then you do. 

Close reading can be broken down into three basic steps to make the comprehension more accessible to students: Understanding, Noticing, Explaining. This article explains close reading as a "practical and readily understandable guide for how to start a task that can seem daunting and perplexing." It allows students to access text that may be too challenging in a safe and user-friendly way.

Please check out my videos on how I support my first graders with their first Close Read experience.

  Complex Tasks: Close Reading
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How Does the Moon Get its Light?

Unit 3: Unit 3: Celetial Patterns: The Sun, The Moon and Stars
Lesson 17 of 21

Objective: SWBAT identify how the moon gets its light from an external light source, the sun.

Big Idea: The moon gets its light from the sun! Come and explore how the moon reflects the sun's light!

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