Guided Reading, Third Grade Session 1 with the fiction text, The Salamander Surprise
The students begin the lesson by revisiting their collaboration goals. The lesson with Salamander Surprise starts with a quick noticing of the table of contents to anticipate the storyline. Students silently read the first two pages of Chapter 1 to begin thinking about what is revealed through what characters say, do, and think. Students continue to note what in the text supports their ideas. Students read Chapters 2-4 independently away from the group to prepare for the following day’s session.
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Debra Crouch works nationally as an independent literacy consultant, collaborating with districts and schools in designing professional learning opportunities. Her work empowers teachers, principals, and coaches to envision instructional decisions that matter for children—decisions about processes for learning that unfold over time, across texts and among practices. She actively shares her thinking and practices through long-term professional learning opportunities with districts across the country serving children from diverse backgrounds, languages, and socioeconomic needs.