Nikki Montgomery
Reading To Learn

Rationale:  To read an article, and be able to recall information from it is the key to this lesson.  This is using literacy to enhance intelligence in young minds.  This article introduces new terms to students, and it is informative as well.  In this lesson, students will be able to recall information from the article.  This lesson will also include reading silently, playing a game by asking each other questions, and finding out answers individually.

Materials:  Highlight for Children magazine, March 1996 issue, pencil, paper, chalk, board, worksheet with Venn Diagram, and thinking cap

Procedures:  1.  Tell student to pull out their Highlights for Children magazine, and turn to page 22.  Have the class read the article, “Who Is There?”  silently.  Tell students to look up when they finish reading the article.

2.  After entire class finishes reading, discuss the article by drawing a semantic map on the board that presents each animal mentioned, and the type of eggs they reproduce.

3. The teacher ask a question to a student that is from the article.  For example, “What kind of eggs do snapping turtles lay?”.  Then after the student answers the question, they are to ask another student another question pertaining to the article.  Continue to do this until all students have a chance to answer/question another student.  The last student to be asked a question, in turns ask you, the teacher, a question, and you answer it.

4. Now, pass out a sheet, to the students, that has a Venn Diagram on it.  On the sheet, have the title, “Where are the eggs laid?”.  Then, have two circles, one labeled “In/Near Water” and the other circle labeled “Out of water”, drawn on the sheet.  Have the students reflect back on the article, and using it, to figure out where animals lay their eggs.  But first, to explain to students, the teacher needs to model this by using the snapping turtle, and place it in the center of the two circles to demonstrate to students how to complete this sheet.

5. As students are working on their Venn Diagrams, (the teacher) draw a large Venn Diagram on the board and list each animal randomly in each category.  For example, list the rainbow trout in the “Out of Water” section and so forth with the remaining animals.  Then, when all the children are through with their Venn Diagrams, tell them to put their sheets under their desks.  Now, point to each animal written on the board, and ask the children if they agree/disagree with what you have written.  Then ask students, individually, why they think what they do.

6. For Assessment, have each student take out a sheet of paper and a pencil, to write a short summary of what they learned from reading the article.

Reference:  Miller, Sally.  “Who Is There?”  Highlights for Children.  March 1996, page 22-23.

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