All About It!
Reading to Learn
is a huge factor in reading sucess and this lesson will help children
to comprehend by summarizing. Learning what the five W's stand
for and keeping them in mind while reading will help children to
further comprehend the material they are reading.
Look for New Species from Space
Printout articles from National
Geographic Kids Or Internet access for the entire classrom through
Smart board, overhead projector, and white board
Graphic Organizer for each child:
Child's own pencils
1. Explain to the children that comprehension
will aid them in their reading and will make reading seem easier once
they know what they are reading about.
2. An easy way for the children to check their
comprehension is to ask themselves the five W's; who, what, where,
when, and why while reading and after their reading. "By asking
yourselves these five questions you will be piecing together the most
important information and leaving out the other stuff. Articles
and books are full of information that is not important for
understanding, if you delete this information then you will be able to
remember only the important stuff!"
3. The diagram will be drawn on the white board and
then the teacher will remind the children what each arm stands for; "
Who is a question to ask yourself who is this material talking about,
When did this happen, Why did it happen, What exactlyt happened, and
finally Where did it happen? Once you have all of the important
information on the topic, then you will be able to accuratly summarize
4. The article will be displayed on either the smart
board or overhead projector, then the teacher will read aloud the
National Geographic Article about the new species and the class will
help to fill in the organizer on the white board. "Great! Now
that you understand what this article is about, we will wrtie a one or
two sentance summary of the topic using our organizer! This will
help us to remember only the facts and organize them into a logical
sentance" Once this is complete, the children will either be
given an article, or taken to the library to choose an article from the
National Geographic website.
5. The children will be given an opportunity
to fill in the diagram while reading and then elaborate on their
answers once their article has been read. The children will also
be required to write a summary sentance using thier diagram.
The children will be assessed based on thier
comprehension of the material read and the summary provided.
Freeman, Jessica. W-W-W-W-What
Do You Know?
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