INTERACTIVE Common Core DISCUSSION STARTER cards that can be laminated and used individually and collaboratively...
1. Laminate cards for regular use. Copy several for collaborative groups/partners. Use before, during, and after reading across all genres and subjects. 2. Encourage children to use cards regularly as prompts to always ask questions. 3. Use all year long! ** Color code questions for groups so the cards don’t get mixed up.
Cut out and use opinion cards as reminder to begin Opinion essays. Use in your instruction or kids use in collaborative groups and as partners. Attach Popsicle sticks or laminate as cards. Either way, you will get their attention. Also, try to use this idea for other linking words, transitional phrases, and concluding statements. They will be sure to remember. I call this; Props with a Purpose!
W.2.1. Write opinion piece to introduce topic/book written about, state opinion, reasons to support opinion, using linking words to connect opinion and reasons and provide concluding sentence
TABLE CARDS. I put cards like these out on stands for each table as a reference. Eventually my students don’t need it. Use this idea for any writing lesson. Now they can visualize the structure of the paragraph easier. (Differentiate as needed).
Color -code them to represent collaborative groups if desired. W.2.1. Write opinion piece to introduce topic/book written about, state opinion, reasons to support opinion, using linking words to connect opinion and reasons and provide concluding sentence… Great for Practice!
Goal: To gain a new way (acronym) to remember and understand the importance of developing literacy skills through science and science understanding through literacy…
Use this STEM bookmark as a reminder that we can always cross-pollinating the curriculum through literacy and science.
Use these nonfiction bookmarks in collaborative groups. Copy eight in one color and have enough for various groups. Highlight 1 part on each bookmark so all 8 have a different part highlighted. Kids take turns after reading their nonfiction text and read their highlighted part aloud and following it up with an answer. The group can discuss it further as well. Then move onto the next student until all cards have been discussed. I use this all the time and it is AMAZING to see the dynamics of your collaborative discussions. Additionally, allow 1 from each group choose an example and share aloud with the class. It’s a great way to close your lesson, highlighting nonfiction text features and examples.
My students use this bookmark all year long. They are encouraged to memorize the order of questions so they can write their own retell without the bookmark. My children love to reach this goal. My above average learners have a retell notebook to respond with during guided reading. This allows them to write their own elaboration paragraphs. They are also encouraged to respond orally. This practice has been wonderful for public speaking and hearing how a story sounds as a retell. My average students complete a retell worksheet and store in their reading binder. They can read their work to a partner too. My below average kids may answer the questions orally and try to respond with a shorter written application. LAMINATE BOOKMARKS… Use in collaboration/partners and at home after each story!
Inquiry Discussion Cards-
Guide your reading lessons for multiple subjects. This activity can also be used as 5 area focus discussion cards for collaborative groups/ partners. Simply cut each focus area questions out and create discussion cards for your students to use after and during their reading. Additionally, you can use orally as well as for written application. This is where “Props with a Purpose” comes in handy. Kids enjoy using cards and a manipulative. You can store these cards for them to use as “student choice” or you can simply draw questions from a basket and guide the entire lesson. Enjoy!