Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Skill Practice with Robots Day Two - Section 3: Partner Practice


As hard as we try to teach and re-teach, I’ve found that sometimes kids understand other kids better. When I have a group of students really struggling with a concept and my attempts at helping them understand just seem to fail, I call on another student who understands the activity well to explain it to their peer.

In this activity, I had one group of students who seemed to fly through the activity with ease. When they finished, I had each of them go to another table to be a mentor. Their mission was to explain how they were able to determine the main idea of the whole article - to explain their thought process to another group. Oftentimes I would hear affirming comments from the struggling tables such as, “Oh, I get it” or “OK, that makes sense.” Not only does this give struggling students another perspective, but allows advanced students the opportunity to extend their learning by teaching others. 

  Sometimes kids do it better!
  Adjustments to Practice: Sometimes kids do it better!
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Skill Practice with Robots Day Two

Unit 8: Skill and Strategy Practice with Non-fiction Texts
Lesson 3 of 4

Objective: SWBAT determine the main idea of a non-fiction article on robots.

Big Idea: In day two of a three day lesson, students read a second non-fiction article on robots to determine the main idea. This will prepare students to compare and contrast ideas from both articles.

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English / Language Arts, Nonfiction (Reading), Reading, robots, informational text, main idea and details
  35 minutes
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