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Schema and Metacognition Concrete Comprehension for Primary Learners

Miss DeCarbo
Grade Levels
K - 2nd, Homeschool
Formats Included
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71 pages
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Schema and Metacognition for Primary Learners – Bring Comprehension to Life! Concrete Comprehension is an instructional resource series that uses concrete objects and hands-on experiences to help enhance comprehension skills for primary readers. When our students begin their learning with a concrete experience, it makes thinking visible and shows students the connections between text and the real world. The series is designed to engage students in literacy experiences that will promote higher order thinking and allow students to interact with text in an authentic way. The lessons are set up using the gradual release of responsibility model. While they 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!

Activating and using schema and metacognition while we read is the foundation for comprehension and meaning. The Schema and Metacognition for Primary Learners edition includes 5 detailed lesson plans. The lessons are packed full of concrete, visual, and hands-on activities, experiences, and ideas for your K-2 students. The concrete objects used within the lessons that are not included in the download consist of a feather duster, file folder, mood ring, sour patch candy (optional), and a light or lamp. (These items are commonly found around your home and/or at local dollar stores.) The lessons work well in a whole group setting, but can also be taught in a small group setting or reading group. Many of the printables and organizers can also be adapted for independent reading. The lesson plans contain scripted teacher language, however, they can certainly be used as a guide and taught in any manner that best suits the students.

Real photographs with detailed descriptions are included for teacher support. The lessons can be used with any picture book or read aloud the teacher chooses. For convenience, I have included a recommended book list for schema and metacognition instruction within the pack. Download the Free Preview File to see photographs and an inside look at everything that is included within this resource!

What’s Included:

Research & Rationale Page

Suggested Read Aloud Book List for Schema & Metacognition

Ideas for Using this Resource page

Lesson #1: Ready, Set, Activate! What Happens When We Read?

Thinking Sticks – Teacher and Student Copies

Metacognition Anchor Chart Pieces

Ready, Set, Activate Exit Slips

Lesson #2: My Schema

Photographs and Instructions for Teacher Support

What is Schema? Differentiated Student T-Chart Printables

My Schema Poster Templates

What is Schema? Exit Slips

Lesson #3: Schema Sticks! Using Our Connections

Photographs and Instructions for Teacher Support

Schema Sticks Class Anchor Posters

Schema Sticks! Differentiated Student Printables

Using Connections Exit Slips

Lesson #4: Before, During, and After

Photographs and Instructions for Teacher Support

Coordinating Poem for Text Application: The Bike Ride

File Folder Cover Page for Concrete Object

Interactive Notebook Student Templates

Before, During, and After Anchor Chart Pieces

Before, During, and After Exit Slips

Lesson #5: Schema Changes!

Photographs and Instructions for Teacher Support

Anchor Chart Photographs

Spiders Differentiated Passage and Misconception Cards

Sharks Differentiated Passage and Misconception Cards

Pumpkins Differentiated Passage and Misconception Cards

Schema Changes Exit Slips

Metacognition and Thinking Song/Poem: My Learning Seed

Differentiated Graphic Organizers for use with any text

If you're looking for an intermediate resource to differentiate your lessons, check out Schema and Metacognition: Concrete Comprehension for Intermediate Learners in One Extra Degree’s shop!

I hope you love Concrete Comprehension for Primary Learners: Schema and Metacognition! Be sure to follow my store to be notified of future strategies and editions for Concrete Comprehension!

Happy Learning,

Miss DeCarbo, Inc.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.
By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 2–3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
With prompting and support, read informational texts appropriately complex for grade 1.


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