Integrating The Real World Into Text Structure Lessons - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Integrating The Real World Into Text Structure Lessons

Well... believe it or not, us southern folks in Georgia might be looking at more days out of school this week for snow and ice! EEK!!! We have already used all of our snow days and have even tacked a day on to the end of the year... now it looks like there will be more! :o(

Of course, my kids were all buzzing about it today - some are happy for snow days because they don't realize the consequences... some are seriously MAD that we may be out a few days this week because they don't want their summer to be shorter! I took advantage of the conversation and we used it with our last text structure - Problem and Solution!

We've been using Pinkadots Elementary's Text Structure Unit - it's been great because the kids get to read a passage that has the focused text structure, then write their own paragraph for that text structure. Today, we wrote about the problem of school being cancelled due to ice and snow. We had a conversation about how it is a law in our state that a school year is 180 days, so their solution could NOT be "don't make up the days." But that was the extent of our conversation because I really wanted to see what kind of solutions they could present. I have to say, I was very impressed with their ideas! Here are a few:

I told this next kid that he was the smartest because he "stole" my idea- I would love if we could just add on a little time to the end of each day NOW instead of coming at the end of the year!!
Mainly because all of the high-stakes testing happens in April- we are missing days now that we need for that test. It doesn't do a whole lot of good to add them to the end of the year... maybe I could send these pages to our Superintendent? :-P


  1. I love how you took a real life problem we are expecting and had our students do a problem/solution activity! Way to go!

    I really hope it doesn't snow - even though I stay at home now - two puppies that are learning to potty outside, wet snow, wet dogs, dry dogs (after coming in), wet dogs, dry dogs, etc, etc, does NOT sound like a good time! HA!

  2. What a great idea!! Your kids came up with some great plans!

  3. "Have school over the internet" hahahahaha I LOVE IT! How cute! Thank you for sharing :)
    The Techie Teacher

  4. Love how you used the same problem/solution we used today! If we miss school on Thursday, we will lose out on having our (one day) February break (Monday) off! Great minds think alike!! Happy your kids are getting problem/solution!
    Pinkadots Elementary

  5. Love how you incorporated a real life problem in with this! Jerm is in Atlanta right now because his dad had surgery. He is going to try to leave tomorrow before the weather comes. I'm just glad my grandma is in California with my parents instead of in Rome...I wouldn't want her trying to drive anywhere...she's 92. It doesn't look like we are going to be affected this time down here. I think it's supposed to stay in the 50's and 60's. Stay warm my friend!!!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  6. I love the real-world application!! Plus I have been looking for a good text structure product - thanks for the recommendation!

  7. This is an awesome lesson. I love turning real-life into a learning opportunity, especially when it's such a hot topic! I saw something on the news last night about snow days becoming e-learning days. Interesting idea!
    :) Erin

  8. How about cancelling the half days and making up some hours on those 2 days? Send a proposal to Alvin, he will probably love it more than the complaints his office gets from parents. Had the ame logical conversation with my kiddos and they really seemed to grasp why we need these days more then days in May. Stay sfae tomorrow. Fingers crossed for Thursday!

  9. What a FUN way to incorporate something that is actually going on with you and your students firsthand. Great writing idea/activity!! :) I hope you don't get too many days off.. We feel your pain up here in WI. I'm at 5, and we're making up 3.5 so far! (and counting...dare I say??!)
    Mrs. Bentin's Blackboard

  10. These responses are so great. What a great way to sneak in text structure information without the students probably even being aware they are absorbing the information since you distracted them with the snow days problem (which I am sure is top of mind to them). Love it! Caitlin (

  11. What a great way to bring real life problem and solutions to the classroom! Love it!


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