No Series: Scaffolds for Critical Thinking (Uncut)

ELA.RL.4.7

Common core State Standards

  • ELA:  English Language Arts
  • RL:  Reading Standards for Literature K-\x80\x935
  • 4:  4th Grade
  • 7: 
    Make connections between the text of a story
    or drama and a visual or oral presentation of
    the text, identifying where each version reflects
    specific descriptions and directions in the text.

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Scaffolds for Critical Thinking (Uncut)

Lesson Objective: This is 49 minutes of authentic teaching, unedited, and without teacher narration.
Grade 4 / ELA / Inquiry
ELA.RL.4.7

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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. Lesson opener strategy Read aloud Critical thinking strategies Analysis of diverse texts Discussion of concrete vs. abstract?

3 Comments

  • Private message to Joann Miller

Ms Wessling immediately gets the kids engaged to items found in her box.  She has them think about Red & Green, and what it means. Words that were written in red represented things you could touch in real life, and words in green represented things you could feel in real life. It was a great excercise that made the kids think. She also used definitions with her description and had them talk about the meaning of the words. Great to see kids engagaed and participating.  

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  • Private message to Chirag Rana

I love how the teacher began the actitivity with the introduction of the box because it immeadiely caught every students gaze as for what could be unveiled.  It was also really cool that she would allow her students to be able to contrast what words go into each category. Words that were written in red represented things you could touch in real life, and words in green represented things you could feel in real life. I even liked that she correlated the lesson in during her read aloud session where she would pause to the class on certain words in the story that either mean they are able to touch or feeling. As a whole the lesson is something I feel that students won't really pick up the first time around, but with much practice they'll be able to grasp at the core concepts from this lesson nicely. 

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  • Private message to Ta'Brechi Alston

What a great classroom observation of a critical thinking strategy. My favorite part would have to be the beginning of the lesson with the attention getter box. This box was filled with different items that caught the students attention.  I also loved the visuals that were provided, and the educators thinking out loud. This critical thinking strategy will take some practice for students to fully understand the difference between concrete things and abstract things. 

The only thing that I would change, would be to allow more practice in determining the difference between abstract and concrete ideas using small paragraphs. I have not read the book "Smile", but both read alouds took a lot of time away from the critical thinking strategy.


 

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