Reflection: Classroom Setup Ouch! There's a Pea Under the Saddle! (Lesson 2 of 3) - Section 2: Materials


I don't use a powerpoint in every lesson, but in this lesson, I am reminded how this can be a powerful tool.  During this powerpoint discussion, I talked about the book, the author, the country where it was written, and the strategy that we were using. 

The students were attentive and gained so much from the visuals. How can I be sure that they understand the versions are written in different countries?  Show a map on the powerpoint.  What is the best way to show a list of ideas for inference starters? Show the list as colored phrases on the powerpoint.  How can I show the 3 versions all at once to remind them that we are comparing and contrasting?  Use a powerpoint slide. Finally, how can I quickly review the concept of 'theme' from several previous lessons?  Use a slide from a previous lesson in this powerpoint.

Students benefit from visuals. It shows them how to organize information in their minds. It creates a schema and brings in background knowledge (they've seen a US map before). It allows the language to be supported with graphic organizers, familiar pictures and gives them another mode of learning and memory support.

My advice about visuals - change them up, use them to show unique visual organization and repetitive information and pair them with good lessons.

  Classroom Setup: Visuals, Visuals, Visuals!
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Ouch! There's a Pea Under the Saddle! (Lesson 2 of 3)

Unit 13: Inference-What Do You Already Know and How Does the Text Help You?
Lesson 5 of 16

Objective: SWBAT recount a fable from a diverse culture, inferring events and determining the theme of the story.

Big Idea: Three stories! Compare, Constrast and Infer the Ideas!

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English / Language Arts, Special Education, Reading, theme (Reading Comp), 2nd Grade, compare and contrast, fables, inference, Princess and the Pea
  55 minutes
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