Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Who's Napping? Images Change in the House! - Section 5: Students Take a Turn


When I pre read stories and plan the lesson, I look for concepts or words that my students might struggle with. These do not all have to be pre-taught. Some are just an enjoyable part of the story, but others are more critical to the meaning of the story so they need to be pre taught. Here's an example of highlighting difficult vocabulary in this lesson.

When I looked over this story, I knew that some of my students would not know what a 'flea' was. They have seen fleas, but they don't know the name. I decided to highlight this word as we read so they would be able to include it in their images.

Use your judgement about pre-teaching. The Common Core standards do not require that you preload or pre teach each lesson. Actually, the emphasis in Common Core is that students are encouraged to draw on their own abilities to answer questions and define new vocabulary themselves rather than rely on adults to supply the information.

  Grappling with Complexity: Highlight Difficult Vocabulary
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Who's Napping? Images Change in the House!

Unit 10: Imaging & Visualizing - Can You Make a Picture In Your Head?
Lesson 14 of 19

Objective: SWBAT describe how words and phrases supply rhythm and meaning in a story; SWBAT use words and phrases to visualize key ideas and details from a text.

Big Idea: Words create great images for us!

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English / Language Arts, Special Education, Reading, Literature, Fiction (Reading), 2nd Grade, visualizing, imaging, The Napping House, characters, rhythm, plot
  55 minutes
the napping house
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