Reflection: Modeling Eggselent Experiment - Section 3: Mini Lesson: What do scientists think about when they read a text?


Modeling reading strategies is critical to building your student's reading ability.  For students that are not effective readers, navigating at a science text can appear mysterious.  They do not know what effective readers do to monitor their own reading because these things happen internally.  By modeling reading to show students what you are thinking as you read, you can make the invisible become visible!  Teaching students how to use metacognition I have found to be one of the most effective strategies in developing students' reading skills.

Moreover, this modeling needs to be consistent.  It is not something that can be done once and then never shown again.  Even though I have modeled this reading strategy multiple times, each time I model it, student understanding grows.  With each modeling example, the students are meeting me at a different point in their reading development.  As students build their own confidence in the strategies, they take something different from my modeling. For example, the third time I model this, there may be a student who is -- for the first time -- ready to follow my train of thought. Others, who have gained confidence with the strategies that I am showing, can begin to predict the moves I am making, and so deepen their thinking.

Model reading for your students!  Let them into your mind and show them how you think about text.  

  Metacognition and Modeling
  Modeling: Metacognition and Modeling
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Eggselent Experiment

Unit 7: Cells: Structure, Function, and Processes
Lesson 9 of 12

Objective: Students will be able to develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.

Big Idea: Students model diffusion and osmosis with eggs! It's more than your typical egg experiment - this lesson models for students how to use the NGSS Crosscutting Concepts to think critically when they read!

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