Posts made in June, 2015

Wasps Vs Bees: Reading for Detail

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 

“Handle a book as a bee does a flower, extract its sweetness but do not damage it.”
~ John Muir

When students read non-fiction text, especially texts with a compare-contrast structure, they really need to pay attention to details. The author’s purpose is to show similarities and differences. Students need to read with that purpose in mind. Students could use structures, such as a Venn Diagram or a Compare-Contrast Matrix, to make notes about what they are reading. Students need to be able to determine important details to find the comparisons.

My students were captivated this year by the Who Would Win series by Jerry Pallotta.  They were able to give information about each text and to summarize the answer to the question providing detail. Unfortunately these books were so popular that I no longer have copies of most of them and will need to replace them next school year. I think I will buy two sets!

I have created two activities for students to use this skill of reading for detail and then apply the skill to an identification activity. One of the activities compares butterflies and moths. The other compares frogs and toads. Each activity provides students with a scavenger hunt to collect information, then an identification activity to put the information to use. They also include a Venn diagram and a Compare and Contrast matrix to assist the students in organizing their thinking. The butterfly and moth lesson includes drawings, while the frog and toad lesson includes actual photographs.

I am including a lesson on comparing wasps and bees. I hope you and your students will enjoy it.

Wasps and Bees Scavenger Hunt

Wasps and Bees Scavenger Hunt This scavenger hunt contains 8 informational cards and 8 identification cards. Frogs and Toads contains 20 informational cards and 12 identification cards. At this time Butterflies and Moths contains 20 informational cards and 8 identification cards. All three contain a Venn diagram to help the student organize the information.

Happy Summer! Watch out for the wasps!

Ann

 

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