Sparking Student Motivation: Fun Informational Passages!
jivey Saturday, October 18, 2014
I LOVE tricking kids into thinking working is super fun. :-P
My kids were begging me last week to learn more and write more. Have you ever heard of such a thing???
I shared with you last week that I am working on getting my students to respond deeper using Jennifer Findley's Rigorous Reader's Response Letters. We are also working on reading informational paired texts... and we were working on some skills with Stellaluna this past week... so I decided to write some articles about bats for them to use for close reading and annotating, and for them to use for their response letters! The first day, I gave them the first article on Kitti's Hog-Nosed Bat- the smallest mammal in the world! We did some close reading, then I had them practice their first independent response letter using the same checklist from last week. Seriously, with their excitement level, you would have thought I'd just given them candy. They could not WAIT to write about what they had learned about these bats, and what they could infer. Some of them are seriously impressing me with their inferring skills too! Check this one out:
They did the same thing as the previous day with their new passage about a megabat- the Spectacled Flying Fox. I will most likely use these responses for a grade since we have practiced a bit now.
And of course, you know I can't keep them all to myself... you can get them in my TPT store!