Read-Aloud Lesson: Digging Up Dinosaurs
Digging Up Dinosaurs | 490L
- Learning Goal
- Summarize the steps necessary to collect, study, and build a dinosaur skeleton.
Part 1: Approximately 20 minutes
Part 2: Approximately 10-15 minutes
Part 3: Approximately 10-15 minutes
- Necessary Materials
1. Detailed lesson plan
2. Graphic organizer for guided practice
3. Independent student worksheet
Digging Up Dinosaurs
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 learning goal on the board, then read the learning goal out loud with the class:
We will describe how to put a dinosaur skeleton together.
Begin to read Digging Up Dinosaurs out loud. As you read each dinosaur name, point to the corresponding illustration of the dinosaur's skeleton. For example, as you read "I saw APATOSAURUS," point to the skeleton depicted on pages 4 and 5. When you get to the end of page 10, please stop. Page 10 ends with, “There hasn’t been a dinosaur around for 65 million years.”
Part 2: Guided Practice and Discussion
Read the text for each step out loud to the class, then ask, "Which of these steps happens [first/second/third/etc.] when making a dinosaur fossil?"
As each step is correctly identified, move it to the correct sequential position on the board or screen.
After each graphic organizer has been completed and discussed with the class, ask the following two discussion questions.
Part 3: Student Independent Practice
Texts & Materials
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