This lesson plan goes with the Sleuth magazine component of the new reading series, Reading Street, by Pearson. The article referenced is not included in this download.
Included in this download are the Sleuth Lesson Plan, Student Note-taking sheet, Writing Graphic Organizer, and Exemplar Written Response Answer for " Pizza, Pizza Everywhere"
Grade 3, Unit 5 Week 4, Main Selection Jalapeño Bagels
Want to get the most out of every minute you spend teaching Sleuth? Due to the lack of training, many teachers have found themselves spinning their wheels.
Sleuth does not have to be a bad word. Because of the critical thinking skills it requires, it actually has the potential to be the biggest weapon in your arsenal for amazing test scores. The problem is that in order to teach it correctly, it would take one teachers hours of prep time... probably more prep time than a teacher has to spend on just one lesson.
I have 20 years of writing training and elementary teaching under my belt. I have spent hundreds of hours perfecting these lessons so that you don’t have to. Reading over my lesson plan, answer sheets, and exemplar response will let you know ahead of time the direction to lead your students for each particular article. And, there's really no second guessing yourself during the lesson as the sheets have all the answers you'll need. It is my hope that this relieves some of the stress and pressure that teachers without this resource may be feeling. You are after all, trying to teach college-level writing to elementary students! I have felt from the start, and still stand by it, that what Sleuth requires of our students is beyond what their little minds are capable of. Without additional support, many of our students are left asking, “Huh?” Help has arrived.
In this download you get the 3 missing components for the "Make Your Case" writing component for Sleuth.
1. A graphic organizer for students to learn how to analyze information
2. A writing organizer for students to organizer their written responses
3. An answer key for the teacher.
These components are needed because, we can’t just ask students higher level questions, we have to teach them how to think through them in order to arrive at the answer.
This download will help you get the most out of every minute you spend teaching Sleuth, help your lessons flow smoothly, and give your students the solid background they need to become experts in analytical/argumentative writing at the elementary level.
Save yourself the time and headache planning for this weekly lesson.
Sleuth has the potential to expose your students to some of the most challenging and cognitively complex tasks they’ve ever faced in elementary school. Do this weekly, and your students will never look and think about words on a page the same. Keep these resources a secret if you want to blow everyone’s test scores away, or let your colleagues know about these on TpT and make friends forever.