Read-Aloud Lesson: Pierre the Penguin: A True Story
Pierre the Penguin: A True Story | AD580L
- Learning Goal
- Enumerate the sequence of events in the story that culminated with Pierre growing new feathers in order to discuss the main idea of the story.
- Necessary Materials
- Detailed lesson plan
- Graphic organizer for guided practice
- Independent student worksheet
Pierre the Penguin: A True Story
This lesson is a close reading of the entire text. So it’s important to engage students often, to enhance their learning. Here are two tips:
- When you ask the more complex questions from the lesson, ask students to “turn-and-talk” or “buddy-talk” before answering.
Once you are deep into the lesson, instead of asking students every question provided, ask them to share with you what questions they should be asking themselves at that point in the text. This is also a great opportunity to use "turn-and-talk."
- Suggested teacher language is included in the lesson.
- We recommend you read the book once to your students, either the day or morning before teaching the lesson.
- This research-based, read-aloud lesson may seem long. Why do students need the lesson to be this way?
Part 1: Teacher Modeling and Questioning
Write the student-friendly learning goal on the board, then read the learning goal out loud with the class:
We will focus on the important events in the story as we read.
Part 2: Guided Practice and Discussion
- Pam noticed that Pierre was in a jam.
- Pam noticed that Pierre’s feathers were gone.
- Pam noticed that Pierre’s bottom was bare.
Part 3: Student Independent Practice
Texts & Materials
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