Read-Aloud Lesson: Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin | Non-Prose
- Learning Goal
- Students will identify how the author carefully chooses words to describe what instruments look like and sound like. Students will also be able to explain that an orchestra is made up of many musicians playing different instruments.
- Part 1: Approximately 20 minutesPart 2: Approximately 10-15 minutesPart 3: Approximately 10-15 minutes
- Necessary Materials
1. Detailed lesson plan
2. Graphic organizer for guided practice
3. Independent student worksheet
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin
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 & Questioning
Write the following student-friendly learning goal on the board, then read the learning goal out loud with the class:
We will look at the way the author carefully chooses words to describe to us what different instruments look like and sound like.
Teacher says: Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin is a book about musical instruments. Zin! Zin! Zin! Mooooaaaaaannnnn. These are some of the sounds instruments can make. Let’s read to see what instruments are in this book.
Part 2: Guided Practice & Discussion
Part 3: Student Independent Practice
Texts & Materials
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