Reading

Third-Grade Buddy Talk Lesson

This “buddy talk” lesson plan includes objectives, materials, and teacher question prompts. Also included here are student worksheets for making text connections and teacher observation checklists for formative assessment. Watch the presentation, Buddy Talk, to hear a description of the lesson.

 

FEATURING: Adlai E. Stevenson II Elementary School (IL)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Buddy Talk

Watch how a third-grade teacher uses partner sharing to help her students discuss questions about what they are reading. She supports her students’ talk by laying the groundwork for effective collaboration and providing supportive structures. For more details, view her lesson plan, Third-Grade Buddy Talk Lesson.

 

FEATURING: Adlai E. Stevenson II Elementary School (IL)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Teacher and Student Literature Discussion Cards

This sample material includes a lesson plan and discussion cards used by a third/fourth-grade teacher to help guide text discussions. The discussion cards provide cues to help students become critical thinkers before, during, and after reading the text. Watch the presentation, Using Peer Collaboration and Self-Reflection to Engage With Text, to see the lesson in action.

 

FEATURING: Garfield Elementary School (KS)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Using Peer Collaboration and Self-Reflection to Engage With Text

A third/fourth-grade teacher describes how she uses discussion cards to engage students during guided reading groups. Students reflect on their reading, make notes, and work in small groups and pairs to share their thinking about their reading. View the related sample material, Teacher and Student Literature Discussion Cards.

 

FEATURING: Erin Vatne, Third- and Fourth-Grade Teacher,  Garfield Elementary School (KS)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Second Grade Literature Circles Lesson

This sample material outlines the sequence of a literature circles lesson, describes the student roles, and includes worksheets for each role. Also included here are several evaluation forms students use to reflect on the quality of their discussions. Watch the presentation, Literature Circles in Second Grade, to see the lesson in action.

 

FEATURING: Adlai E. Stevenson II Elementary School (IL)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Literature Circles in Second Grade

Listen to a second-grade teacher describe how she uses literature circles in her classroom. By providing clear roles and procedures she develops an effective setting for group discussions. For more details view her lesson plan, Second Grade Literature Circles Lesson.

 

FEATURING: Trish Weaver, Second-Grade Teacher, Adlai E. Stevenson II Elementary School (IL)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Partner Sharing

Watch a second-grade classroom demonstration of a teacher engaging students in text discussion using multiple techniques focused on questioning. Throughout the lesson, the teacher builds on previous strategies and introduces new ones, reminds students of what good readers do, and provides numerous opportunities for partner sharing. Review the related sample material, Read-Aloud Walk-Through Checklist.

FEATURING: Ginger Brown, Second-Grade Teacher, Woodbridge Elementary School (DE)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Pumpkin Pie for Halloween

Watch how a kindergarten teacher uses a variety of strategies to help English learners move from listening to discussing stories. She describes how text discussion develops across the early grade levels and explains how she forms small groups of English learners to individualize instruction.

 

FEATURING: Jenny English, Kindergarten Teacher, Graham Road Elementary School (VA)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Preparing Kindergarteners for Text Talk

Hear how a kindergarten teacher helps students develop partner-sharing skills. The teacher talks about the benefits of beginning text discussion at an early age and describes how she establishes partner-share procedures and routines.

 

FEATURING:  Kim Hastings, Kindergarten Teacher, Woodbridge Elementary School (DE)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Reteaching in Small-Group Interventions

A first-grade teacher demonstrates a small-group phonics lesson and discusses reteaching and frequent checking for skill mastery. She explains the 80% / 20% decision rule for regrouping, describes ways to support English language learners, and reviews reteaching strategies.

 

FEATURING: John Wash Elementary School (CA)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

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