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Monday, July 9, 2012

Nursery Rhymes and Non-Fiction

WOO-HOO!  I just finished a unit of 9 lessons inspired by Just Read Florida's NG-CAR (Next Generation Content Area Reading) which was developed as a way for content area teachers to keep Level 2 FCAT students in their rooms by certifying them to teach reading intervention.  The class was offered as part of my district’s summer learning program and sounded like a great idea as I get ready to move into a new position next year. It was advertised K-12, so my friend and I signed up.  Once the class started though, we realized that it was geared towards 6-12 content area teachers (many of whom are awesome teachers within their discipline, but do not have education degrees and need instruction and support in teaching students how to read.)   We stayed and did the 8 day training because this seemed to be a great tool for teaching non-fiction comprehension.  Now, the process for secondary is quite involved and lengthy.  The recommended time frame is 2-4 90 minute blocks to complete one instructional sequence - way too long and involved for my little ones.  Anyway, I’ve been working on a way to simplify the instructional sequence for young learners.  Even though it is designed for level 2 readers at the secondary level, I believe it will be very effective with all primary students.  We have a chance to teach our students how to interact with non-fiction text in a way that they can use throughout their educational careers!  This process also meets some of the CCSS requirements for speaking, listening, writing and comprehension. It gets students thinking about reading.  They form opinions, evaluate information and justify answers.   So, I have created “Nursery Rhymes and Non-Fiction” a unit designed for 1st and 2nd grade students (although I will also be using it with my Kindergarteners by modeling and working together).  Each lesson is set up to be done in 2 days, but you may be able to do it in one, depending on your schedule and students.  This process can be done with any non-fiction text.  I wanted to have everything in one place, so for this unit, the non-fiction portions are written by me, but they can be substituted with other texts if you prefer.  I have been working on this for almost a month now, and I am very proud of my “baby”.  I am excited to use this in the fall. After teaching Intensive Reading for the last four years, I KNOW this will be effective with my students.  It is a fine-tuning of a process I already use.   I hope you will check it out in my TN and TPT stores.

1 comment:

  1. What a great idea! This would be great for my second graders!