Teaching the Core, 1 Read Aloud at a Time is a huge success, and we thank YOU for your support! We are so excited to know that students all over the country are diving deeper into literature stories and gaining important reading skills at the same time.
Of course, we also understand that our students need to sharpen their ability to read complex informational text. For this reason, we are proud to introduce a new read aloud line-
To learn more about the benefits of reading informational texts with young students, please visit scholastic’s article found here.
During these lessons, the informational text is read out loud to the class while students answer text dependent questions. Students are guided to gather and record the text’s key ideas and details. The class revisits the text again to focus on the author’s craft and structure as students explore vocabulary words and phrases, examine information from text features, and consider the author’s purpose. Students integrate their knowledge and ideas as they look closely at images and search for evidence to support an author’s point. Finally, students participate in a culminating writing task to synthesize the information they have learned.
Bats by Elizabeth Carney
We love National Geographic Kids Readers for teaching nonfiction. They are full of interesting information, vivid photographs, and many text features. “Bats” is no exception. Students will love diving into this high interest topic with this close read. We included one of our favorite strategies with this book, “Drawing to Retell.” Students will draw a bat before and after reading the text and write about the changes they made to their illustrations. Students will also collect key ideas and details on either a web, or note-taking sheet. To address craft and structure, they will analyze text features to find more information. Finally, students will synthesize all the information they have learned to write bat facts on a darling bat craftivity.
Pumpkin Circle by George Levenson
“Pumpkin Circle” is a informational text which teaches kids about the full life cycle of a pumpkin. The book is written in rhyme and has great photographs of the pumpkin life cycle. Our 4 day lesson plans will help deepen students’ understanding of informational text structures as well as the pumpkin life cycle. Students will love sequencing the pumpkin life cycle after reading the text the first time. After a second read of the text, students answer text dependent questions, then show even deeper understanding by adding information to the sequencing page from the first lesson. Finally, students will write about the pumpkin circle and make a cute pumpkin life cycle craft.
Spinning Spiders by Melvin Berger
“Spinning Spiders” is part of the wonderful- Let’s Read and Find Out Science series. Students always love learning about spiders and we love the realistic illustrations in this story which help young ones access the text. To begin these lesson plans, students will compare key details from the text and sort facts into two categories- spider vs. insect. Next, students will focus on spider vocabulary from the text and define words using examples and non-examples. To culminate their learning, students will create informational, spider writing booklets. We also offer instructions to have students create an accurate three dimensional spider art piece which provides an additional, hands-on way to demonstrate understanding about spiders.
To save money on our informational text read-alouds, you can purchase them in a bundle.