Speaking & Listening

Compare-Contrast Graphic Organizer

Watch a third-grade teacher use a graphic organizer to help students compare and contrast information in a nonfiction text. She models the use of clue words and provides practice through partner sharing and independent work. See the related sample material, Bat-Bird Compare and Contrast Graphic Organizer.

 

FEATURING: Nakia McNair, Third-Grade Teacher, Lake Forest North Elementary School (DE)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Story Elements Graphic Organizer

This organizer was used by a third-grade teacher during a lesson on teaching narrative text structure, specifically identifying problem and solution. Watch the video Gertrude Took a Nose Dive: Identifying Problem and Resolution to see how Erin Green uses the organizer to support comprehension instruction.

 

FEATURING: Lake Forest North Elementary School (DE)

SOURCE:  Doing What Works

Gertrude Took a Nose Dive

Watch a third-grade teacher demonstrate how to teach narrative text elements using a graphic organizer. The teacher incorporates several strategies throughout the lesson, such as modeling, questioning, picture clues, predicting, and partner work. View the related sample material, Story Elements Graphic Organizer.

 

FEATURING: Erin Green, Third-Grade Teacher, Lake Forest North Elementary School (DE)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

"I Can..." Reading Strategy Books

This student booklet was created by a second-grade teacher to help her students keep track of the reading strategies they have learned and to remind them to use them as they read. Watch the presentation, Targeting Reading Strategies: Summarizing to hear how the teacher uses these booklets in her classroom.

 

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

SOURCE:  Doing What Works

Targeting Reading Strategies

View a presentation of a second-grade teacher using a gradual release of responsibility to teach summarizing. She uses story maps, guided practice, and literacy center games to support students in learning this strategy. View the related sample material developed by the teacher, "I Can…” Reading Strategy Books.

 

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

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Single-Strategy Instruction

Watch a second-grade teacher use a single-strategy approach to teach questioning. She begins with modeling then extends instruction to small group guided reading activities and independent center work.

 

FEATURING: Katherine Roundtree, Second-Grade Teacher, Graham Road Elementary School (VA)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Question Sea

Watch how a third-grade teacher uses modeling and guided practice to teach questioning. Listen as she describes how she supports students in learning to use the strategies on their own. View the related sample material developed by the teacher, Question Sea Worksheets.

FEATURING: Lauren Cottrell, Third-Grade Teacher, Adlai E. Stevenson II Elementary School (IL)

SOURCE:  Doing What Works

Question Sea Worksheets

These worksheets were developed by a third-grade teacher and her colleagues to help students understand the difference between on-the-surface and under-the-surface questions about text. Watch the presentation, Question Sea: On- and Under-the-Surface Questions, to hear how Cottrell uses these worksheets in her classroom.

SOURCE: Doing What Works

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