Sunday, February 26, 2012

Text Structure Fun & Foldable

This past week we've been working hard to practice & review Text Structure.
We had a through mini lesson on patterns of organizations, what they are, why & how authors use them, why they are important to us as readers, the different types of structures, their definition & characteristics, and the signal words that helps us as readers to identify them in a text.

My classroom is usually organized in rows {due to lack of space} but I turned the desks into pods this week so students can work in groups. 
There was no movement space but they loved it.

Students created a journal foldable for Text Structure
that included the definition & characteristics and signal words of each pattern of organization.

Next each group got newspapers and had to identify one article per pattern using the characteristics and signal words to guide their choice, they glued it into their booklets, and had to highlight the signal words and characteristics they found in the article to prove their case. Students will be turning in their booklet tomorrow as a test grade. They were allowed to work together & help on another.

    


For a "how to" tutorial to make these journal click here to visit my tutorial page.

I prefer this type of a "test" much better than the conventional standardized style test.  
I loved watching them actively engaged and working together to learn.
It was great seeing them engaged with real text and thinking, analyzing, and evaluating critically.

I didn't even care that they were standing instead of sitting and exchanging articles with one another :)
You can see how "into it" they were.

Did I mention that my P stopped by during the activity and absolutely loved it? 

This was def. a good week!!!










This mini-lesson is available in my Teacher's Store

I'm giving this lesson as a FREEBIE to 3 fabulous commenters!!!
{using random generator}

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling me why you want it and how you plan on using it in your classroom :)

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Thank you all soooooooo much for the kind words :) I never thought this lesson would be such a hit!

I used the random generator to pick 3 winners and here they are



Congrats ladies!!!!

Constance I need you email address to send you the file.
Email me at ATeachersTreasure@gmail.com and I'll send you the mini lesson for text structure.
Mrs. Larson & Mrs. Piper I left you both comments on your blogs. I need your emails as well

Thanks you all for coming by and leaving me some love for this lesson :)



 

34 comments:

  1. What a great lesson! I'm always looking for creative ways to teach this skill. Thanks!!

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  2. After watching your Everything's Primary presentation, I am going to take my foldables to the next level....this particular lesson fits in perfectly with my non-fiction reading and writing unit! I actually made a foldable for text features, but like this better!

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  3. I can't believe I'm the first comment. I'm never the first. I love this idea. I like to have my students work together and collaborate. I also like to use foldables. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. This ROCKS! I too love assessing students while they are engaged in an activity rather than paper/pencil - great change-up. I teach 5th gr Accelerated LA and text structures are coming up next - perfect timing! Thank you!

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  5. Love it! I am always looking for new ways to step it up for my ELL students!!

    CRHDOUGLAS@GMAIL.COM

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  6. What a great Lesson! My third graders could do this too! What a fun way to teach text structure!

    Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher

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  7. Bummer! I'm not one of the first 3 but I love this activity
    Frontier2ndgrade@att.net

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  8. I love this lesson. My students love when they are able to work together this way.

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  9. This definitely looks like the students were engaged and learning. My sixth graders have a similar standard here in California. I would love to use it to teach the different organizations of text and the signal words for that text structure.

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    1. I emailed you, but haven't found your mini-lesson yet. Did I miss it? My email is got2beejn@hotmail.com

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  10. This looks great! I know you could definitely tailor it to meet the needs of all different grade levels! I hope you are having a good weekend!

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  11. you better be careful not to be too good at your job if you want to move down! lol!! :) Looks great, Mor!
    The Teacher’s Cauldron

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  12. Love the idea, I also hate traditional tests.
    Thanks for commenting on my RTI blog. It is so nice to know that I am not alone in my thinking.

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  13. I love this! :) I have started doing more with text structure and we have wayyy too many newspapers lying around our school with no purpose. As a science/ELA teacher I'd love to put some science articles to good use while tying in ELA! woo-woo! :)

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  14. I want it because text structure is so hard to understand. I've gone over it like 5 times already this year and we still struggle. Love the idea of using the newspapers!

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  15. Wow! What an amazing resource. Love, love, love your newspaper idea. Totally connects to the real world. :) Awesome!

    Lyndsey
    A Year of Many Firsts

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  16. love it! how great to see them all interacting and working- and it's real life text!!

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  17. This is defunately the type of lesson my kiddos love. I just started using foldables in different areas this year. Thanks

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  18. This is defunately the type of lesson my kiddos love. I just started using foldables in different areas this year. Thanks

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  19. This is a great lesson! I love using foldables for student work. They seem to take more pride in their work!

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  20. This is great! Thanks for sharing! (And I was gonna comment even BEFORE I saw the giveaway thingy lol)
    Buzzing with Ms. B

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  21. I totally want this! I just started teaching text structure last week and would love to use your ideas. I too love using foldables and didn't think of using them for this unit. Great idea.

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  22. Love foldables, hands on and a great way to assess. I would use this with my high school students with some modifications. Thanks!

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  23. What a wonderful way to assess your students without "paper and pencil!!!" love this idea, just found your blog and have now bookmarked it!

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  24. I love, love, love it! We are talking about text structures this week and I just attended a workshop on foldables. Hello, connections!! I would love to win this and use it soon!

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  25. What an awesome idea! I love this type of assessment too. I also love to see the kids up and engaged on what we are working on (especially this time of year when it seems like all we are doing is test prep). Thanks for sharing!!

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  26. Loved that you used this project as your assessment. I would love a copy of this lesson to do with my 4th graders.

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  27. This is awesome. I would use this as an assessment.

    mike

    mike69361@gmsil.com

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  28. I absolutely love this authentic assessment strategy. It makes so much more sense vs paper and pencil. I would love to use this in my literacy intervention groups. Can't wait to check out your teacher store. Thanks...
    louise

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  29. Love you mini-lesson and activity. I think this is a great "real-world" application. They need to read current events from the newspaper to show how readers use these skills everyday. It translates across school work into what adults do daily. What a great idea! Would love to use the lesson with my fifth graders!

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  30. I really like this lesson. I spent a little over a week really diving deep into this skill with my students (I teach a 3/4 split) and yet when I assessed them they did not demonstrate mastery yet. I would love to have this unit to use with them and see how well they do after the increased engagement and hands-on component of this unit. Thank you so much for your willingness to share.

    Jen
    jtmassolio@comcast.net

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  31. Mor, LOVE the new blog design!!! You've got some bling, baby!!!

    Jen
    Runde's Room

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  32. I really like this. I have to create a six weeks exam on text structure that my students can complete in 40 minutes. Any suggestions?

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