Read and Write 180-Day 10
Posted by shannonjoe
Metacognition anyone??? We discussed it today in class. Thinking about your thinking. Or rather-thinking about your reading. I really want them to understand that we have to think when we read or reading is pointless. We can do all different kinds of thinking when we read-we can visualize, make predictions, wonder, question, make connections, and so on. To show them what I meant I did the “reading salad” activity that I saw on this website:
Make sure that when you go to this site you have plenty of time to cruise it!!! It has FABULOUS ideas!!! 🙂
Anyway, I showed them how to think while they read. I had slips of paper with “text” written on them and slips of paper with “thinking” written on them. I had 2 student volunteers(1 on each side of me). As I read the passage out loud, the student with the “text” slips dropped them into a bowl. When I stopped to “think aloud” the student with the “thinking” slips dropped them into the bowl. This mixture is what you HAVE to have to be a real reader-text+thinking=real reading! I hope they got it! I then had them go back to their desks and read the 1st page of the passage with their partner. One partner would read a section aloud and then “think” out loud about it, then vice versa. We will continue to practice this. I also told them that the thinking usually does not happen out loud, but I want them to be able to know what I am thinking so they can see what thinking looks and sounds like.
Oh, by the way-I first wrote metacognition on the board and had them guess what it meant before I told them. Some of their answers were good-literacy, reading, writing, imagining.
We continued our study of more of our “power words”-compare, trace, and explain. It went quicker today than yesterday (yea).
Did NOT get to our read loud today-boohoo!!!
In English we reviewed verbs(just action verbs) and conjunctions. My 2nd class got to watch the schoolhouse rock videos, but my 1st class didn’t because the internet was DOWN AGAIN!!!!!! Here are the links for the videos for verbs and conjunctions:
I introduced the reading response letters to them-well, just part of the guidelines. I will go more in depth with them tomorrow and Friday-I’ll actually have them write a letter while I show them on the ELMO. I didn’t do this last year, so I’m taking my time getting them started this year because I want to read some good thinking about their books!!!!!!!
Here is a copy of the guideline sheet I gave them. They attached it to the inside front cover of their reading response notebooks.
I went over all of it briefly, but I actually showed them how to head their paper, put the date, write the greeting, start out the letter, and write their closing. The other stuff (the in depth thinking) will be saved for tomorrow and Friday and probably many more days because they seemed lost when I was talking about the mood of the book, theme, conflict, etc. 🙂 Don’t even get me started on figurative language! 🙂 There are just some things that they are taught every year, but it just doesn’t stick!!!!!
I also showed them a little of how to answer and open ended question. I made up a RAPS method to help them write their answers.
R-restate the question in a complete sentence
A-answer all parts of the question
P-prove your answer with evidence from the text
S-sum it up or wrap it up with some kind of conclusion
Here is the poster:
Here are the little cards that I had them put in their writing notebook. They can refer to this each time we practice writing answers to open ended questions.
The last thing we did today was practice Read to Self. Aaahhh…so quiet!! So nice!!! I listened to about 3 kids in each class read a list of words to me and part of a reading passage. I am going to use this assessment to help me group my kids, but mainly so I will know what each child needs to work on so I can help them individually.
Let me just go ahead and say that I can’t wait to get through a lot of these procedures/routines/expectations so I can begin helping them to reach the goals we set!!!!! But I really want to be explicit in my directions for things like the reading response letters, open ended answers, etc. so they will know what to do and can concentrate on adding depth to their thinking, reading, and doing!!!! 🙂
Talk to you tomorrow!!!
About shannonjoeI teach 3rd grade. Love Jesus, teaching, reading, running, and working out.
Posted on August 25, 2011, in Read and Write 180 and tagged 6th Grade Can Really Kill You, metacognition lesson, open ended responses, Part of speech, Reading, reading response notebook letters, reading salad, verbs and conjunctions. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.