Hey guys! I am very excited to share my reading lessons for 4th grade from the Teachers College curriculum unit 2: Reading the Weather, Reading the World. These lessons were used this past school year 2018-2019 and my literacy coach at the school guided the team with the program and the flow of each lesson. I was the grade leader so I prepared the lessons on a power point because I felt it was a good way to learn and follow the flow of the minilessons. You will need to have power point and you should be able to edit the slides should you desire to do so. You will also need to use and have the mentor texts to this unit such as and . However, you may supplement or change the mentor texts you use to model from, maybe one that your students like better and can connect to, as long as it is a nonfiction text and is at a level that is not too easy or not too hard. This unit begins with 2 pre sessions that are outside of the TC spirals because our coach wanted to introduce text features and text structured before the unit began. Our grade excluded two sessions from the unit, session 10 and session 18, but you may teach those lessons if you desire to do so or what your school wishes for you to do and follow. We also used “Beware of Frogs” as one of our mentor texts, which is a text students were given on a past state exam in New York.
Overall, this power point has 20 sessions, with a total of 131 slides.
The power point includes:
- 131 slides
- A slide for the pre and post assessment
- 20 lessons
- The teaching point slide for the lesson (objective)
- A connection slide
- A teach slide (this is for the teacher to model with or from)
- An active engagement slide (this is for students to try what the teacher just modeled)
- The link slide before you send students off.
My school is a Teachers College reading and writing school so we have had TC facilitators come to our school all the time and do workshops with us. Minilessons are suppose to be 10-12 minutes long, which includes the connection, the teach, the active engagement, and the link. The pre and post assessment stories are on the Heinemann website if you have access to that. The website also can provide you with other materials such as hybrid texts. The learning progressions and any rubrics and or checklists are also on the Heinemann. These were my lesson plans that I passed on to my team, which guided and helped them learn the program and the flow of the minilessons. I hope they can do the same for you, and get you on your way to becoming a fabulous 4th grade reading teacher! Good luck with everything you do!