To start off our unit, Miss Perry (My wonderful intern!) worked to build a Winter Word A-Z list.
We used this to prime my kiddos for our upcoming unit, but also to see what vocabulary we already had related to our topic. Have you ever done an “A-Z” list? It’s a great way to get kiddos thinking about a topic and to build vocabulary. As we work through our study, we’ll add new words to our chart. It is always hanging up so students can reference it through out the next two weeks!
I needed my beach and sunshine kids to understand what the arctic actually was!
If you’ve ever taught questioning strategies, you know it can be challenging. I like to teach students about “Fat and Skinny” questions. As we worked to answer questions on our first read, we discussed the amount of work and writing would go into answering each type of question. Then, I introduced the terms, “Fat questions” and “Skinny” questions.New to the terms? Here’s what they mean…
This chart is found in my second set of Interactive Anchor Charts.
For our last read of the book, we worked to understand why the author wrote this text. Using my Author’s Purpose Interactive anchor chart, we brainstormed why the author wrote the text.
Then, I sent the kiddos back to their text to find supporting details for our purpose.
As they found their supporting details, I encouraged the students to cite the page number where they found their evidence. This was our lead in for a different skill we were working on the following week.
Once all our stickies were up, I had the students lead the discussion of their evidence. Taking turns, each student read their cited evidence. In turn, the class decided if the evidence did in fact support what our author was trying to teach us.
Such a great way to get kids to take ownership of their learning while building those speaking and listening skills!
Later in the week, we applied our new found questioning strategies to a fictional text from our old reading series.
“Nutik, The Wolf Pup” went perfectly with our arctic unit and it is such a great story to boot!
In pairs, students read the text, then worked to write two “Skinny Questions” and one “Fat Question”. When they were done, students switched their questions with a different group and worked to answer each other’s questions.
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