Seven and a Half Tons of Steel by Janet Nolan Lesson Plan and Activities
3rd - 6th, Homeschool
A guided reading or interactive read aloud lesson plan for the realistic fiction mentor text book Seven and a Half Tons of Steel by Janet Nolan. A great book for studying community, 9/11, or Patriot Day!
Lessons and activities focus on:
- Summarizing key details (2 strategies: list/narrative retell and timeline)
- analyzing with text evidence
- integrating information from multiple sources
- comparing and contrasting
- identifying main idea and details
The lesson plans include:
- teacher script with strategic stopping points and questions for students to discuss
- printable prompts for student post-reading responses through discussion in writing or reading response logs
- 4-5 day plan
- Discussion questions
- Suggested discussion strategies
- Strategic stopping points for questioning and close reading
- Anchor chart examples
- Sentence stems / frames for oracy and vocabulary development
- Great for bilingual classrooms
- Printable worksheets for written responses
How to Use This Resource:
- whole group
- small group
- as a reading intervention
- for a substitute / in a sub folder
- special education (SPED)
- bilingual or Dual Language / DLI classrooms
- with ELLs for ESL instruction
- Great for 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th grade
Your third, fourth, fifth or sixth grade students will love this!
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting).
Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series).