Reflection: High Expectations Frog and Toad Are Friends - The Lost Button - Section 3: Independent Practice


     I have been trying to have my students show evidence since the beginning of the year since I knew this was a key shift with the Common Core standards. Having them cite evidence in the beginning of the year was like pulling teeth and it was so painful to do.  Now it's January and it is so much easier.  I walked around the room when they were answering questions and all I had to do was say "What happened in the story to make him do that?  What did Frog do in the story to make you describe him like that?" They seemed to understand this so much better.  Whether this is because I have been doing this with my students since the beginning of the year and it's finally paying off, or it is that the are developmentally able to handle it it now, I don't know. What I can tell you as a viewer, is to stick with it.  In the beginning of the year, you may feel as if you are going to pull your hair out.  There is a huge reward in making students continue to try and cite evidence.  Towards the middle and end of the year, students almost become little Mr./Miss Sassypants "Well you know Mrs. Gresser... My opinion is.... because the story says.....".  My heart just sings every time I hear this in my classroom.  It makes all the struggle at the beginning of the year worth it.  You will find this too with time.

     Now that my students are citing evidence with relative ease, you can bet that I am going to continue to demand this of them.  You will find this true in your classroom as well.

  Developing The Skill of Citing Evidence
  High Expectations: Developing The Skill of Citing Evidence
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Frog and Toad Are Friends - The Lost Button

Unit 3: Frog and Toad Are Friends
Lesson 3 of 5

Objective: SWBAT describe character traits using evidence, chart major events in the story, and use the information that they charted to answer comprehension questions using evidence.

Big Idea: Hang on tight! The students are recording events and evidence from the story so they can use that evidence to answer comprehension questions.

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