Read-Aloud Lesson: To Be a Kid
To Be a Kid
- Learning Goal
- Identify and compare different childhood activities to determine a main idea of the book.
- Necessary Materials
- Detailed lesson plan
- Graphic organizer for guided practice
- Independent student worksheet
To Be a Kid
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 following student-friendly learning goal on the board, then read the learning goal out loud with the class:
We will learn about different activities kids do around the world. Then we will decide what it means to be a kid.
- To be a kid means going to school.
- To be a kid means learning lots of new things.
Part 2: Guided Practice and Discussion
Part 3: Student Independent Practice
Texts & Materials
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