This product offers activities/visual supports to address passage comprehension and promote verbal discussions in small groups.
It was designed for use with students with language difficulties.
This product includes 10 "paired" paragraphs relating to the same topic but different types of bats (i.e. bat speed; diet). These are ideal when targeting comparing/contrasting. It also includes 6 paragraphs related to bats in general (2 of which, related to "threats," can also be paired for comparing/contrasting).
Comprehension Cards, used after a paragraph has been read out loud to the group, provide students with opportunities to develop critical skills (identifying the main idea, listing details, defining words, making connections, forming opinions, asking questions, summarizing, and evaluating the “hook").
Four types of visual supports are included in this product: Comprehension Visual Supports (list strategies to improve understanding), Academic Discourse Strips (provide verbiage for children to use while talking about what they have heard/read), a blank "Main Idea" organizer, and a generic Venn Diagram.
16 Expository Paragraphs about Bats (10 specific to various species; 6 related to bats in general)
9 Comprehension Prompts + 1 “Bat” Game Card
Visual Supports for Comprehension (4 completed; 1 blank)
3 Academic Discourse Scripts
Main Idea Organizer (blank)
Venn Diagram Organizer (blank)
To address passage comprehension:
Cut apart the Paragraph Cards on pages 3-6 and the Comprehension Prompts on page 7. Lay the Comprehension Prompts face down on the table. Select a Paragraph Card and read it out loud to the group, then, have students take turns drawing from the Comprehension Prompt pile and responding to the questions. In order to make this activity more like a game, add the “Bat” Card to the Comprehension Prompt pile; the student who draws that card gets to “sit out” during that round. Use the Visual Supports for Comprehension to encourage active use of strategies while listening.
To teach main idea:
After reading a paragraph out loud, use the “Main Idea” graphic organizer on page 9 to teach students to answer 2 questions to help them determine the main idea—”who/what the author is talking about” and “what do they want us to know about that topic.” Once students have answered the questions, they can synthesize that information into a sentence at the bottom of their organizer.
To teach about strong “hooks:”
Read passages out loud, evaluating them based on whether or not the initial sentence was attention grabbing. Encourage students to generate strong “hooks” for the paragraphs that are lacking them.
To promote academic discourse:
Use the appropriate script to teach students to engage in academic discourse about the passages. Script #1 works well for discussions related to the content of 1 passage. Script #2 works well after students have read multiple passages about different types of bats. Script #3 is beneficial for use after students have read the general passages about bats on page 6.
Bat Clip Art by Educasong
Polka Dot Frames by Anchor Me Designs
Cover/Credits Digital Paper/Frames by Teaching Super Power