Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come - Section 2: Reading the Story


In today's lesson I wanted my students to listen to the story and hear the things that Henry will do in his kindergarten class and then write about what they like to do in our kindergarten class.  Using the CCSS to drive my lessons, I find that I need to provide many opportunities for my students to listen to a story and write a response to it. There are several genres that my students need to learn to write.  Today's lesson is an opinion piece even though it is only one sentence.  It is important that they are able to understand the story well enough to write about it.  In the upper grades, students have to be able to go back into the text to find the answers to questions.  Even though each student doesn't have their own book, they can go to the circle map to remember what happened in the story.

I really like to use thinking maps, templates and charts to help my students organize their ideas.  I use the circle map every day.  It is a great visual reference that my students learn to use.  I use the circle map at the beginning of the lesson to brainstorm what they know.  I go back to the circle map to add more information that we have learned after reading the story.  The circle map is then a reference for them to use when choosing what they like to do in kindergarten.  

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Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come

Unit 15: Let's Read and Write About Families
Lesson 11 of 11

Objective: With prompting and support the SWBAT write a sentence and draw a picture in response to listening to the story, Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come.

Big Idea: We will read about Henry and his new kindergarten class and then write about what we like in our kindergarten class.

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