Asteroids and Light Energy

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SWBAT understand how text bold words and captions provide important information about a topic.

Big Idea

Get involved in some engaging science text about asteroids and light energy.


10 minutes

Common Core Connection

This standard is under craft and structure so we are looking at how the authors use the layout of the text to show the information.  This lesson is an overview introducing the different text features in a book. Now, RI1.5 only states that students should know glossary, headings, table of contents, electronic menus, and icons.  But, I am going to extend this unit through the second grade standard and include indexes, captions and subheadings because we are at the end of the year and I want my students to learn about how author's use these to add to the information in the text.

Lesson Overview

I found an interesting text Exploring Dangers in Space: Asteroids, Space Junk and More and The Energy We See: A Look At Light from the Lerner Publishing Group Website.  I really like how both text label the specific parts of the book. But, I chose Exploring Dangers in Space: Asteroids, Space Junk and More for the guided practice because it is very complex and for third grade according to the site.  Then I scaled it back to the second grade text for the partner work, which is The Energy We See: A Look At Light, because it is an easier read. The first grade text was just too easy for my class.

The class works with their Peanut Butter Jelly Partners and Transition every twenty minutes. I have a video in the resources on both.

Introductory Activity

I project the lesson image on the Smart Board and ask my class to discuss what kind of text features might enhance this image. I am assessing their ability of understanding how author's use text features. I am thinking they will not have any knowledge, but never am correct when I make these predictions. So, I need to find out what they already know about text features. With this information I may offer more support and explanation or less depending on my students needs.

Then I share the lesson goal and plan. Then class chants the lesson goal, "I can understand how author's use text features to present information."

Guided Practice

20 minutes

Student Reflection

5 minutes


5 minutes