Read All About It!

Reading to Learn
Adriane Harden
Rational: Comprehension 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.

Materials:
    Article:Scientist Look for New Species from Space
    Printout articles from National Geographic Kids Or Internet access for the entire classrom through the library
    Smart board, overhead projector, and white board
    Graphic Organizer for each child:

 
    Child's own pencils

Procedure:
    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 the information.
    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.

Assessment:
    The children will be assessed based on thier comprehension of the material read and the summary provided.

References:
    Freeman, Jessica. W-W-W-W-What Do You Know?
    National Geographic Kids

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