Reflection: Intervention and Extension Students At Work: Cause and Effect Literacy Workstations - Section 2: Rotations


My students did really well in my group today. My advanced students ran the whole group. They took turns going up to the board to highlight and discuss thinking. I sat back and just watched them take control of their own learning.

My on level readers needed minimal clarification and could pinpoint where they were going wrong when trying to find the cause and effect structure. Great discussions about the similarities between descriptive, problem and solution and cause and effect were happening. Students decided that they really needed to pay attention to the clue words. One student offered the idea that if they're confused they could circle clue words in different colors and count how many of each color. For example, if the student thought the passage was descriptive or cause and effect, he would circle descriptive words in red and cause and effect words in blue. Then see which clue words were more frequent. I also offered that they have to take a step back from the text and see what the author's main purpose was. Students seemed more confident today.

My struggling readers enjoyed taking things step-by-step. They always seem to do better when I can break things down for them. I try to provide more opportunities for gradual release for this group so they are not dependent on me. They did well with me modeling one paragraph and then letting them try the rest on their own one at a time. 

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Students At Work: Cause and Effect Literacy Workstations

Unit 3: Tearing Into Informational Text Part II
Lesson 2 of 12

Objective: SWBAT apply knowledge of previously learned 5th grade reading standards and text structures in a small group setting.

Big Idea: You learned about cause and effect structures, now let's get to work using them!

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English / Language Arts, roots (Vocabulary), fluency (Reading), Nonfiction (Reading), Comprehension (Reading), small group, text structures, informational text, interactive notebook
  50 minutes
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