Reflection: Lesson Planning Ask the Author - Section 4: Collaborative Activity


I have taught this lesson for several years, however this year I chose to teach it differently in light of the Common Core standards.  The Common Core State Standards for reading strongly focus on students gathering evidence, knowledge, and insight from what they read.  This was the first time in this lesson that I had my students work in a small group to discuss which animal would fit in the sock and explain why.  In the past I would have had them write a list of animals that would fit in a soce in their journals, check to make sure it made sense, and be satisfied.  After looking deeper at the Common Core standards for Listening and Speaking I wanted my students to have the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversation about the text, as well as explain why or how an animal could fit in a sock.  

In order to give my students this opportunity through the collaborative activity, this meant taking a closer look at the literary text and thinking about the important ideas in the text and what I wanted my students to learn.  I also had to keep in mind the CC standard I was focusing on, as well as other standards that would work with my teaching goal of speaking and listening.  

Providing my students with pictures of the story animals helped them focus on the task at hand instead of worrying they did not remember all the animals.  Allowing them to choose one animal to share gave all my students the opportunity to share and finish the activity.

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Ask the Author

Unit 5: Listening and Speaking
Lesson 1 of 5

Objective: SWBAT listen to a read aloud and think of a question to ask the author

Big Idea: Hey, I have a question!

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