For kindergarten through 2nd grade, I’ll repeat one of my favorite read alouds, “Julius, the Baby of the World.” You can find the lesson plan here.
For 3rd grade, we’ll move on from atlases to almanacs:
3rd Grade, Mrs. Harrison/Library Media Skills
Common Core State Standards (3rd Grade):
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.2 Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Students will become comfortable using common reference terms.
- Class set of the almanacs, World Almanac for Kids 2013.
- Sticky notes or blank bookmarks
- Kitchen timer
- Adaptation of content
- Links to background
- Links to past learning
- Strategies incorporated
- Guided practice
- Independent practice
- Comprehensible input
- Whole class
- Small groups
Integration of Processes:
- Linked to objectives
- Promotes engagement
Review what students learned about atlases, the kinds of information they found and when they thought an atlas would be a good choice for a research project.
Review the procedures for the 5 Minute Research Report, first introduced when they started looking at atlases. Show students a copy of the almanacs and point out some of the differences (i.e., photos of people, fewer maps, etc.). Have students predict the information they will find in an almanac.
1. Pass out almanacs and several bookmarks/sticky notes to each person.
2. Tell students they are to skim through the atmanacs and use a bookmark to note interesting pages. They have 2 minutes to do this.
3. After students have marked the pages, they are to go back and read them. After reading through the pages, they are to pick one page that they find the most interesting. They have five minutes.
4. After the five minutes are up, students will note facts in writing on their bookmark(s). They have five minutes to do this.
5. After step 4, students will present their research to their tablemates. They have five minutes to do this.
6. Students will choose one person from each table to present their research to the class.
Check For Understanding:
The teacher will observe students as they make decisions throughout the above process.
Students will demonstrate their understanding of research by the facts they choose to note.
Tell students we will continue working on almanacs next week.