Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge Population Size - Section 3: Explain


Pre-reading strategies include setting a purpose for the reading (should always be done), making predictions, activating prior knowledge, and examining the structure of the text. When new, or fairly new, academic vocabulary is found in the reading, additional pre-reading strategies would cover vocabulary instruction and setting the context, pre-teaching concepts, and make explicit connections to prior knowledge.

Strategically determining how to structure a pre-read based on the needs of the students before you. Not all students may require the same support. For example, students who need greater vocabulary support might be initially supported by using Rewordify or tldr (too long didn't read), which "translate" text. The resulting product needs a careful review before being given to students, but does save a great deal of planning time and allows you to use the "same" article with all of the students. Over time as the academic vocabulary is used in the teaching/talking context, these words can begin to appear within text. 

Some resources that offer excellent suggestions for pre-reading include:

Colorín colorado!

Read, Write, Think

Reading Rockets

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  Connection to Prior Knowledge: Pre Read
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Population Size

Unit 8: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
Lesson 8 of 10

Objective: SWBAT construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.

Big Idea: Students explore how environmental factors put limits on population sizes.

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