Reading and Understanding Informational Text lesson plan student level: Pre-K to 3rd grade elementary
Reading and Understanding Informational Text lesson plan materials required:
Reading and Understanding Informational Text lesson plan activity time: 30-45 minutes, depending on discussion time and use of optional activities.
Objective of Reading and Understanding Informational Text lesson plan: Help teachers achieve language arts common core standards for helping students develop skills related to being able to understand key details from informational text.
Preparation for Reading and Understanding Informational Text lesson (Optional): Make enough copies of the Questions about T-Rex Facts handout for each student.
Ask and Answer Questions about Key Details in a Text
Read the picture book How to Care for Your T-Rex to the whole class.
After reading the book, help students develop their reading comprehension and information recall
skills by asking students a variety of questions about the story and discuss their answers. Be sure
to allow many students to share their answers and opinions.
Example of questions answers may include the following:
Advanced Questions and Key Details in Informational Text (Optional)
Throughout the story, How to Care for Your T-Rex presents various facts about T-Rex. Help students develop their ability to recall specific information and facts from the text by asking the following questions that are answered in the text of the story. You can ask the questions aloud and have the students answer as part of a discussion or you can use the Questions about T-Rex Facts Handout.
Creative Writing Activity (Optional)
Imaginative Creative Writing: Ask the students to write about the things they would do if they had a pet T-Rex.
More Fun T-Rex Facts (Optional)
At the back of How to Care for Your T-Rex is a list of More Fun Facts about T-Rex. As an optional activity, you can read some of these facts to the students or let them read them themselves, and then test them on their ability to remember the facts. You could also make a game of it by splitting the class into teams and giving each team points for being able to remember answers to the facts.
Learn about T-Rex Video (Optional)
As a supplement to this lesson plan or any unit on dinosaurs, how the class the video Learn About T-Rex: How Fast Could T-Rex Run, which explains why scientists don’t think T-Rex could run as fast as they used to think T-Rex could run.
To print this lesson plan: Download a printer-friendly PDF version of the T-Rex Key Details and Facts lesson plan
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