Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge Metacognition: Tuning in to the little voice inside your head...while reading - Section 2: Mini-Lesson


Since I spend one full week on each strategy, the modeling/scaffolding lesson usually occurs on Tuesday. I like to create the packets that I use so they are relevant to what my students have been doing in class. In the beginning of the year, I spend a lot of Read Aloud time introducing some great, content rich picture books, which then become the mentor texts that I refer back to often. The mentor texts are books that my class enjoy and love and I find so many different strategies to use them with. About a month into the school year, we start reading chapter books for Read Aloud and those become great mentor texts as well. I often mark the books as I’m reading and notice a paragraph or page I could use to model a strategy. Over time, I have collected and copied tons of excerpts that I can put together and use for these types of lessons. With something like metacognition, almost any page from any book could work because it’s all about eliciting thought in the students. I don’t usually collect the packets either because I want them to be more about practice than assessment. Instead, I have the students take them home, which allows parents to see the strategy we are working on and the types of books we’ve been reading together. I get amazing feedback from parents about the sophistication of the reading work that we are doing in 3rd grade. A lot of times, parents underestimate what their kids can do too.

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Metacognition: Tuning in to the little voice inside your head...while reading

Unit 1: Metacognition Unit
Lesson 2 of 5

Objective: SWBAT become aware of their own thinking when applied to familiar text.

Big Idea: Understanding the act of thinking while reading.

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