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Concrete Comprehension™: Schema and Metacognition (Intermediate)

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Beginning with a concrete experience makes thinking visible, creates strong connections, and anchors future learning . It provides students with experiences that become safety nets and promote risk-taking. Concrete models support less-developed readers and stretch proficient readers to think metaphorically. This product series engages kids’ senses through concrete, hands-on lessons, works through the gradual release of responsibility model, and gives kids time to interact with texts in authentic and purposeful ways. It is designed to engage students in literacy experiences that will promote higher-order thinking and improve their comprehension skills. While the lessons are scripted for convenience, they can certainly be used as a guide and in whichever way works best for your students. My hope is that you and your students enjoy launching your comprehension lessons in unique ways that ultimately promote rich discussion and thinking within the classroom!

This intermediate unit focuses on schema and metacognition to lay a firm foundation for strategy instruction! It includes five mini-lessons that progress from a teaching point, to explicit instruction, guided practice, independent practice, and a closing/extension. Concrete models are incorporated to help students better understand how the brain works, all while learning about the brain using the following texts: "Your Fantastic Elastic Brain" by JoAnn Deak, PhD., "The Brain" by Russell Freedman, and "Young Genuis: Brains" by Kate Lennard. (You may opt to substitute these texts with any text, particularly informational texts; however.) Students will engage in hands-on, visual, concrete activities that will help students literally grasp what schema is and how it can help them as readers and writers!

Real photographs with detailed descriptions are included for teacher support. Download the Free Preview File to see photographs and an inside look at everything that is included within this resource!

What's Included:
Vocabulary Posters
Lesson Plan 1: We Think While We Read (Metacognition)
Concrete Model: Buckets and Brain/Book Cards
Brain "Scan" Template
Real Reading Brain and Book Demonstration
Thinking Stem Strips
Brain and Book Popsicle Stick Partner Work
Brain and Book Independent Practice
Lesson Plan 2: Schema: What We Know
Hook: Trivia Cards
Schema Scavenger Hunt
My Schema Graphic Organizers
Lesson Plan 3: Your Brain is a File Cabinet
Concrete Model: File System with Color-coded Folders and Hanging Folders
Schema, Schema song
Schema File Anchor Chart lesson
Schema File Interactive Notebook lesson
Lesson Plan 4: Schema Sticks With You
Concrete Model: Magnet and Pipe Cleaner Strips (Creates Dendrites)
"Memories" Reading Passage
What Stuck With Me Graphic Organizer
Schema Sticky Note Jot Spot (Post-It Dock)
Lesson Plan 5: I Use My Schema When I Write
Concrete Model: Schema Map
Schema Map Example
Student Schema Map Planning Template
Student Schema Map Template
Writing Prompt with Checklist for Informative Text
Peer Conferencing Flaps
Sample Anchor Chart/Photo Descriptions for each lesson
Anchor Chart Resources/Images
Formative Assessment Interactive Notebook Templates for each lesson

If you're looking for a primary resource to differentiate your lessons, check out Concrete Comprehension™ for Primary Learners Link in Miss DeCarbo's shop!

© One Extra Degree, 2016
Materials are intended for personal use in one classroom only. For use in multiple classrooms, please purchase additional licenses.
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