This lesson builds critical thinking skills by reading and discussing a nonfiction text and identifying the topic and details. In 24 pages, the child will
• preview vocabulary and categories,
• identify an expository text (“Trees Can Change”),
• make and confirm predictions about the text,
• read the text and answer questions about key details,
• make inferences about the text,
• retell facts and provide evidence from the text,
• connect the text to personal experience,
• identify and discuss the topic, and
• discuss and locate details.
topic, details, seasons, spring, summer, fall, winter, things, trees, leaf, leaves, change, colors, green, yellow, red, brown
This nonfiction discussion pack is the second lesson of Book 18
from the Newitt Beginning Reading and Writing Program. The program provides a fundamental yet integrated approach to reading, writing, listening, and speaking the English language. The standards-based series of 24 books guides novice learners through a full year curriculum. Each lesson discovers, connects, and practices the basics of English.
A key feature of the program is that it uses linear incremental steps and repeated practices linked to higher level thinking skills. This approach gives the learner a solid foundation of reading and writing experiences. In the process, the learner gains routine study habits, motivation to learn, confidence, and mastery.
Please print the lesson double-sided and then cut in half, so that each page is 5 1/2” by 8 1/2”. Each lesson has 24 sides.
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The activities are aligned to the following standards:
Common Core: ELA Kindergarten
RI.1.1: With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
RI.1.2: With prompting and support, identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
RI.2.5: Identify the front cover, back cover, and title page of a book.
RI.3.8: With prompting and support, identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.
SL.1.1b: Continue a conversation through multiple exchanges.
L.1.1d: Understand and use question words.
L.3.5a: Sort common objects into categories (e.g., shapes, foods) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.
Also: RF.4.4, RI.1.3, RI.3.7, RI.4.10, L.3.6
Texas Education Knowledge and Skills: ELA Kindergarten
4.A: Predict what might happen next in text based on the cover, title, and illustrations.
4.B: Ask and respond to questions about texts read aloud.
5.C: Identify and sort pictures of objects into conceptual categories (e.g., colors, shapes, textures).
10.A: Identify the topic and details in expository text heard or read, referring to the words and/or illustrations.
10.B: Retell important facts in a text, heard or read.
10.D: Use titles and illustrations to make predictions about text.
Also: 1.A, 22
“I appreciate how the comprehension questions are asked throughout the reading of the story rather than waiting until the end of the story.”
Kelly Williamson, kindergarten teacher of 11 years, selected teacher of the year in 2008.