Guided Reading, Third Grade Session 1 with the informational text, Amazing Salamanders
The lesson begins with students rereading a text from a previous guided reading lesson to think more about the strategies they use as readers. The teacher takes a reading record with one student while the other students read silently.
Collaboration goals for all the lessons: Students are working on explain their thinking fully to the group, waiting until others are finished speaking before talking, and noting some specific things they can do if two people begin to speak at the same time. The teacher is working on facilitating the members to share thinking and be considerate of others as they speak.
The students review the collaboration goals before independently exploring the text, Amazing Salamanders, to introduce the book to themselves.After a short discussion of the table of contents, the students read and discuss the introduction and Chapter 1. The students are encouraged to explain their thinking fully to the group by noting what in the text supports their thinking.
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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.