Using a passage from Charlotte's Web by E. B. White, Angie Zapata teaches her third graders how to use context clues to discover the meaning of unfamiliar words. Ms. Zapata's mini-lesson also models individual and small group work.
Maria Ruiz-Blanco’s third-grade class uses immigration as a topic for a book group and writing exercise. Working in groups, students discuss what they read, ask questions, and make connections to their own lives.
Caroline Cockman’s third-grade class is learning how to revise biographies using transitions and more descriptive nouns. A whole-group exercise models the revision process, and small-group instruction focuses on students who need extra help in writing.
Through a whole class mini-lesson and small group work, Tatiana With and her fourth-grade class explore the difference between editing and revising, with a focus on revision. In this lesson, Ms. With uses InFocus technology to model revision of an Indian folk tale.
Gage Reeve’s mixed-grade class is learning new vocabulary and main ideas in a lesson on global warming. Students write their questions and use an idea tree to record main ideas and supporting details.
Holly Concannon and her fifth-grade class discuss cause and effect in a passage from Gary Paulsen’s book, Woodsong. The lesson models grouping students for independent reading, as well as guided reading.
Fifth-grade teacher Dana Robertson models strategic reading, and teaches his students the strategies readers use to comprehend the text. He then continues with small-group instruction while other students work independently.
Eleanor Demont’s fifth-grade class completes a mini-lesson using summarization as a comprehension strategy for reading non-fiction texts. Students examine the importance of differentiating what is interesting from what is important in a social studies unit on ancient Egypt.