Pudding Like a Night on the Sea
Lesson Title: Modeling Reading Strategies with “Pudding Like a Night on the Sea” By: Ann Cameron
Content Standard Reference
LA 6.A.5.4.a LA 6.A. 5.4k LA 6.A. 5.4l LA 6.A. 5.4m LA 6.A. 5.4n
Materials and Resources: Literature and Language textbook p.6-11, Materials to make instant pudding
A. Anticipatory Set: Ask your students, “How would you describe a good reader?” Activate prior knowledge by discussing some of main reading strategies good readers use: Questioning, Connecting, Predicting, Reviewing, Evaluating.
B. Objective: Students will be introduced to the reading strategies and will use these strategies throughout the year to help comprehend the stories they will read.
C. Purpose: Introduce and model the reading strategies for students so they can see the thinking a good reader uses and so they can apply these strategies in their own reading.
Body of Lesson Plan
A. Input: Read page 6 in Literature and Language together with students. It explains each reading strategy: Questioning, Connecting, Predicting, Reviewing, Evaluating
B. Modeling: Read “The Pudding Like the Night on the Sea” aloud and model the reading strategies through a think a loud.
C. Check for Understanding: After you have modeled the reading strategies in the first half or so of the story, stop at an appropriate point and ask for a student to share a prediction, question, or connection of their own with the class.
D. Guided Practice: Continue reading the story aloud to students and continue stopping at appropriate points but now students share a prediction, question, or connection of their own with a partner.
E. Independent Practice: Students will apply the reading strategies to future stories using the reading strategies bookmarks.
F. Check for Understanding: Read the student’s bookmarks to monitor how the students are using reading strategies as they read. Are students using the reading strategies and what level of thinking are students using?
G. Closure: Assign students into groups of four so that each student in the group is from a different elementary school. Each student is going to bring an ingredient to make instant pudding. One student brings the spoon and bowl, one student brings pudding mix, one student brings milk, one student brings a bowl and spoon for each student’s pudding. Students mix up the pudding and enjoy eating the pudding together. This is a great community building activity at the beginning of the year, especially by bringing together students from different schools.
Additional Independent and Guided Practice (as needed)
Reinforce the reading strategies with the student reading strategy bookmarks and another great way to practice the reading strategies is through literature circles.
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