Lessons & Units :: Explicit Information 1st Grade Unit

Lesson 2: Identifying Information in Fiction

Lesson Plan

Stellaluna | 550L

Learning Goal
Identify explicit information in fiction.
Approximately 50 minutes
Necessary Materials
Provided: Example Chart for Direct Teaching and Guided Practice; Independent Practice Passage, “Justin’s Bad Day;” Independent Practice Worksheet
Not Provided: Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, chart paper, markers
  • Teacher Modeling

    will explain that we can find information in fiction books as well. I will introduce the book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. I will read aloud questions from a chart, to be answered as I read the book Stellaluna. (Example chart provided). I will read the first two pages of Stellaluna and model answering the first question. For example, say: "I know the first question asks which animal struck Mother Bat. After reading this page, I know that the animal was an owl." I will write the answer on the chart. The next question asks what the first bug that Stellaluna ate was. I will continue reading and you raise your hands when you think you hear the answer.

  • Think Check

    Ask: "How did I know which animal struck mother bat in Stellaluna?" Students should respond that you re-read that part of the text and found it right in the text.

  • Guided Practice

    will continue reading Stellaluna and answering the questions on the chart, stopping each time we hear an answer to one of our questions.

  • Independent Practice

    will read the passage, “Justin’s Bad Day” (provided) and answer the questions using the passage. You will identify (by circling text) where you found the answers in the passage.

    TIP: You may need to read aloud the passage and questions for the Independent Practice.

Build Student Vocabulary search

Tier 2 Word: search
Contextualize the word as it is used in the story Mother Bat flew out to search for food.
Explain the meaning student-friendly definition) To search means to look carefully. When Mother Bat searched for food in the story, she looked carefully for food.
Students repeat the word Say the word search with me: search.
Teacher gives examples of the word in other contexts When I can’t find any chalk, I search my desk and the closet to see if there is any there. I searched my favorite stores for a shirt that would match my brown skirt.
Students provide examples Where would you search in your classroom if you couldn’t find your book? Start by saying, “If I couldn’t find my book, I would search ___________.”
Students repeat the word again. What word are we talking about? search
Additional Vocabulary Words scent, ripe

Build Student Background Knowledge

Before reading Stellaluna, explain that you are going to read about a main character that is a bat. Bats are mammals, just like humans. They are unique mammals because they are the only mammals that can fly (without a plane or helicopter). Bats use their wings to fly, but also to eat and hold things. Underneath their wings, bats have four fingers and a thumb!

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