#TCRWP: Day 5 Reading Institute 2015



Reading Institute 2015

Day 5 – Liz Dunford – State of the Art First Grade Reading Instruction

Purposes of Interactive Read Aloud:

  • Exposure to richer texts
  • Opportunity to model expressive and fluent reading – explaining voices
  • Supports growing repertoire of skills
    • Vocabulary
    • Comprehension
    • Speaking and Listening

Prompts that are transferable:

What ideas do you have about the book from the cover page?

Already having ideas? (preview chapter titles – if available)

Look closely at the pictures. What do you think will happen next?

So let’s think about the trouble and how they solved it?

How would you describe the characters?

What are you learning about these characters so far?

What words can you use to describe these characters?

What are the BIG important parts of this story? Retell those parts

How did the trouble start and HOW was it solved?

What lesson did the character learn?

What do the standards say about Speaking and Listening?


K- listen

1st – Take turns listening

2nd– listen with care because I want to say more


K- keep talking

1 – build on other’s talk

2 – link comments   “I also think…. But when you said . . . That makes me wonder. . .”


K = get help or clarify “I don’t understand.”

1 = ask peer for information or to clarify “What do you mean? Show an example.”

2 = gather information, deepen understanding of topic   “I see what you mean? Does that connect to? How does that fit? “

To truly learn about speaking and listening at a first grade level, study a partnership. Make a t-chart with “Strengths” on one side and “Next Steps” on the other side. Watch and listen to the interactions. Researching partners and their dynamics will help a teacher because it will provide the actions for small group, conferences, Mini-lessons, Mid-Workshop Interruptions, Partner work and shares. Everything the teacher does should be cohesive.

How do you spend your time?

If you only have 30 minutes for small groups, you must choose wisely. Build a chart. Make a plan. Time allocations might be:

Individual Conference – 5 minutes

Small group work -10 minutes

Guided Reading Group – 15 minutes

Partner Conference – 5 minutes

Look for patterns in your work.

Where are you spending most of your time?

Which student are you only seeing as an individual conference?

Is that the best use of your time?


Katie Clements – Teaching Students to LOVE complex Nonfiction

How do we ensure students are also critical consumers of nonfiction?

We watched two videos from google (Google Interview and Smart Dad) to begin thinking about the role of information in our world today. It’s changed from the world that many of us knew. (especially those of us who lived when dinosaurs roamed the Earth!)

A Series of micro – lessons for critical thinking to consider





1 Writing about reading – typically writing that matches the structure of the original text
Teaching Point- “Today I want to teach you that information readers write in order to better understand what they are learning as they read. Specifically, you can angle your writing so that it better explains the information. I could use boxes and bullets, but what’s my agenda? What can humans do to prevent or limit global warming? So I need to know the causes. And then I need to think about what anyone can do to prevent global warming and then I am thinking I need a third place to record What I can do personally so I now think a three column chart is the best way for me to be organizing my notes.”

I had to answer the question: “How I can take notes based on my agenda!!!”

“What’s my agenda?   What do I want to learn from the text today?”

“How can I write about my reading in a way that would help me capture that?”


Are sources trust-worthy?

2 (In Grade 5 or 6, this may be a whole class lesson.)

Authors will contradict or present slightly different spins on the same story– which one is true?

Global Warming by Seymour Simon

Is Seymour Simon trustworthy? Read his background. Is he trustworthy?

What parts of book should we consult? Paragraph on the author? Smithsonian as publisher?

When Lunch Fights Back: Wickedly Clever Animal Defenses by Rebecca Johnson

Is Rebecca Johnson trustworthy?  How do we know?

Research – personal communications with experts

Considering qualifications: “If you have a birdfeeder in your back yard. . .” are you an expert?


How are you going to nurture a love of nonfiction texts for yourself?

How are you going to nurture a love of nonfiction texts for your peers?

How are you going to nurture a love of nonfiction texts for your students?


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