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					                                           By: Stephani Brooks
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Title: Chrysanthemum
Author: Kevin Henkes
Strategy: Making Connections

Teacher Modeling:

Introduction: One strategy that will help you discover the nature of text is making good connections
as you read. Good readers think aloud their thoughts and make connections based on their background
knowledge and prior experiences. The books we read, the discussions we have, our past experiences,
newspapers, news on television, magazines, and conversations with peop le all build connections that lead
to new insight. When I read something, I think aloud and write down my thoughts to help me think about
my reading, where I try and find things in my past and present that help me make good connections.
What are some thoughts that go through your mind when you read? What kind of connections do you
make and how does it help you in your reading?

Explanation: We know that knowledge about a reading topic helps to improve comprehension.
Proficient readers use background knowledge to enhance their understanding. They use this background
knowledge to connect to text in several ways. There are three types of connections you can make while
reading a text. These three types and their codes are:

      Text to Self-Connections (T-S): This is when you use information from your own life. Really
       good readers think about how books relate to their own life and it helps good readers understand
       books better. (Draw a book with an arrow pointing to a stick person as a graphic representation.)
      Text-to-Text Connections (T-T): This is when you use knowledge of other selections you have
       read. Good readers, not only think about how books connect to their own lives, but how books
       connect to each other. (Draw a book with an arrow connecting it to another book as a graphic
       representation for students.)
      Text to World Connection (T-W): This is when you use your world knowledge. Good readers
       not only make connections to themselves and other texts, but they also make connections to the
       world, or other people. When we read and learn new things, we have to look at it through other
       people‟s eyes as if we were that person. (Draw a book with an arrow connecting it to a globe as a
       graphic representation for students.)

Think-Aloud/ Modeling: I will model for you the mental process/or my thinking when I read
aloud to you. At various times I will stop and think about what I am reading and express my thoughts
Page 6: I have a text-to-self connection…I used to have a very long last name before I got marr ied – it
was “ Stephani Schiefelbein”. My name was very long and I always had a hard time fitting it on my
nametag at school too, let alone it took me until the end of first grade to spell my whole name. (Sticky
note: T-S Long last name)
Page 24-25: This part is about Mrs. Twinkle having a long name too and that she is considering naming
her baby girl Chrysanthemum – she thinks it is absolutely perfect. This makes Chrysanthemum feel really
good. So I have a text-to-text connection to make to the poem “Everybody has a name” by Jean Warren .
(Sticky note: T-T Poem) Read aloud the poem:

                                              Everybody Has a Name

                                                     Has a name.
                                                Some are different,
                                                  Some, the same.
                                                  Some are short,
                                                   Some are long.
                                                    All are right,
                                                 None are wrong.
                                             My name is ___________,
                                                 It's special to me.
                                                  It's exactly who
                                                    I want to be!

Page 26: I have two connections here! First this page is talking about the names of flowers such
as carnation, marigold, and Lily of the Valley. My text-to-world connection is that Lily of the
Valley is traditionally associated with May 1st in France where this flower is handed out at special
events. (Sticky note: T-W France/May 1st )

My text-to-self connection is that Lily of the Valley signifies a “return to happiness” and is used in
many bridal arrangements. In my wedding, I had Lily of the Valley arranged in my bouquet.
(Sticky note: T-S Wedding bouquet)

Guided Practice
I will conduct a read aloud of Chrysanthemum. As students are listening to me read, they will record their
thoughts on post- it notes and code the type of connection they make (t-t, t-s, t-w). I will model this task
for them before we begin. After the reading, the students will get in groups of 4 to share their connections
with one another. As a whole group we will record their connections on a big chart.

Independent Practice
Students will go through the book on their own and identify ways they feel they can relate to the character
(Chrysanthemum) – Text-to-Self Connections. I will have various books by the same author available to
students for them to see how books connect to each other. Students will code the connections they make
between the books on a piece of chart paper, “This text in _______ reminds me of the text in ________
(text-to-Text Connections). As students go through the book _______, they will read and stop for 2 think
alouds. (“I know about ______________. It is something that _____________.” (Text-to-World
I will ask the students to find a book to read during their free-reading time that they can use to make
connections using the skills we have learned in this lesson. Students will then add sticky notes to the
pages where they made connections and label them (T-T, T-S, T-W) to share with me during individual

Title: Pink and Say
Author: Patricia Polacco
Strategy: Questioning

Teacher Modeling:

Introduction: Learning a lot of new information makes us think of lots of questions – that‟s what
researchers and good readers do is ask questions. We draw upon our background knowledge to answer
questions as we read along. Sometimes we have to listen for information in the book that might answer a
question that we have, or we may have to read between the lines and infer to find the clues to the answer.
I find myself questioning the author as I read along. Such questions that I may have are: Why did the
author choose this title? Why did the story end the way it did? What are some good books that have
made you think of a lot of questions?

Explanation: Through the use of questioning, you will understand the text on a much deeper level
because questions clarify confusion and stimulate further interest in a topic. By asking good questions,
you are better able to wonder about content and concepts before, during, and after reading by constructing
meaning, clarifying confusion, solving problems, finding specific information, and discovering new
information. Good readers always ask questions as they read along to help them comprehend the text
better. As you practice this strategy you may code your questions with a T=found the answer in the text,
I=inferred- found clues, BK=used background knowledge, and C=confused.

Think-Aloud/Modeling: I will model questioning by reading aloud the book Pink and Say.
Before I begin reading I will model my pre-reading questions:
     I wonder what this story is going to be about?
     Why did the author choose this title?
     By looking at the front cover of the two people looking at a book, I wonder if they are reading
        about a major event that happened or a story that someone wrote?
As I read along I will stop and ask myself questions to help me think about my reading, such as I
wonder…? (T, BK)
Page 5: What does it mean if his leg doesn‟t go green? Hmmm…I wonder what marauders are? Could
they be some type of an invader?? (BK, I)
Page 14: I wonder if the marauders are going to attack Pink‟s home? What are the marauders after? (T)
Page15: Why are the characters called “Pink” and “Say”? (c)
Page 22: So now I know what kind of book they are reading on the front cover, a poetry book, but I
wonder what the poems stood for? (T, I)
End: What devastating affects were caused by the Civil War? I wonder if the story would have changed
if Pink and Say had never met? (BK, I)

Guided Practice:
As I am reading this book aloud, I will model the questions above with the appropriate label. I will ask
the students to be thinking of questions and writing them down as I read. They should be marking the
questions with a T, I, BK, or C. After the story, the students will get into groups of 4 and write their
questions down on a big white sheet of paper. We will go through all the questions to see if we can
answer any of them as part of our story discussion. As we answer the questions, we will mark them with
the appropriate symbol (T, I, BK, C).

Independent Practice:
Students will reread the story and write down any questions that they still have from the first read aloud.
As they read it a second time, they should come up with a few new questions. Remind students that even
though they are reading a book for the second, third, fourth, etc. time, that the questioning technique is
always used. Students should brainstorm questions that they have about the Civil War, that way I know
how much more background information the students need yet.

Students will be encouraged to use this in their independent reading and guided reading groups – they
should use this strategy all the time. The only way to learn to be a good questioner is to practice.
Encourage children to write down particularly challenging questions they form while reading on a sticky
note and ask a friend or a teacher to explain it to them. I will have them fill out a questioning sheet, on a
book of their choice that demonstrates questions they had before, during, and after reading – they should
record any answers that they have. I will conference with them to see if he/she is on the right track with

Title: Fire Flies
Author: Julie Brinckloe
Strategy: Visualizing
Teacher Modeling
Introduction: Visualizing brings joy to reading. When we visualize, we create pictures in our minds
that belong to us and no one else. Visualizing helps keep us engaged in the story. This reading strategy is
much like creating a movie in our head. When we visualize, we not only use sight, but all of our senses:
smell, touch, taste, and hearing. This makes the author‟s words come to life and helps us better understand
the text. What do you visualize or picture in your mind when you hear the phrase, “the sky lit up like the
4th of July”? I can visualize a lighting storm with thunder.

Explanation: When you use visualizing in your reading, it helps you to become more engaged in the
text. If you are able to see and feel what is happening in the story, it helps you become involved in the
story and make you feel like you are part of what is happening. When you visualize, you make the words
on the page come to life. In visualizing, you are able to paint a detailed and colorful picture in your head
as the author is describing something in the story.

Think-Aloud/Modeling: As I read aloud the first four pages of Fire Flies, I will model my
visualization and code it according to the five senses (see, feel, hear, taste, and smell). I will code on my
sticky notes the following codes: see=eye, feel=hand, hear=ear, taste=face, smell=nose. I will conduct a
think-aloud at this time so that students understand why I am coding the different parts of the story the
way that I am.
Page 2: “It was growing dark.” - I can see this happening as the sun must be coming down and the sky
gets dimmer and dimmer as the minutes pass by. I can just smell the fresh cool air at night.
Page 3: “It flickered again, over near the fence. Fireflies!” – I can hear the buzzing sound of a firefly and
I can remember seeing the fireflies light up at night in the summertime at the lake.

Guided Practice
I will give copies of the text without pictures to the students so they can code it with symbols while I
continue to read the story aloud. I want the students to visualize what is going on in the story without
seeing the pictures. After the read aloud, I will ask students to share the parts where they used
visualization with a small group. We will then come back together as a whole group and discuss what
each group found and how different each person may look at the visualizing strategy in a story. * I will
not be modeling my visualization as I read aloud for the guided practice, as this is a short story and I want
to see what kinds of pictures the students can form in their mind.

Independent Practice
Students will now receive a copy of the text with pictures and as they are reading, they should highlight or
mark a sentence or two where they got a clear picture in their mind that enhances their understanding of
the text. They have the choice of either drawing what they see or coding it. I will walk around the room
and listen to students read and code text. Students should continue to look for new visualizations.

During the next week, I will have the students pair up and read a short book to their partner without
showing the pictures. The partner listening will draw what pictures come to his/her mind. The students
will then switch places so that both students have the chance to visualize and draw what they see. Then
they will each turn around and read the book independently and code any new pictures that come to mind
as they read and look at the illustrations. We will also work on this strategy during conference time and
guided reading.

Title: Encounter
Author: Jane Yolen
Strategy: Inferring
Teacher Modeling

Introduction: Start out by showing an apple corer, make an inference: What is it used for? (apple)
Ask students to infer or tell what might be implied by the following sentences:
A student yawns several times.
A group of students has not completed homework.
A student returns from recess crying.
*Ask students what clues helped them figure out what was taking place .

Explanation: Inferring allows us to read between the lines, to make our own discoveries without the
direct comment of the author. When readers infer they draw conclusions based on clues in the text, make
predictions before and during reading, surface underlying themes, use implicit information from the text
to create meaning during and after reading, and use the pictures to help gain meaning. When we read
sometimes the book does not come right out and tell us something, but instead we make our own
assumptions and conclusions about what is happening in the book based on clues from the text or
pictures. We use prior knowledge that we have to help us infer and find the hidden meaning in the text.

Think-Aloud/Modeling: Show the cover of the book, Encounter, and ask students what they can
infer from the picture and title. I inferred that some sort of voyage might be made and that the story
involves a Native American…hmmm, I predict this story has to do with the voyage of Christopher
Columbus. As I read aloud I will demonstrate my inferences:
Page 1-2: The boy daydreamed and saw a bird.
Page 3: The boy is telling a story.
Page 9-10: They think the white men come from the sky.
Page 11-12: The white men turned giving into trading.

Guided Practice
I will continue to read from page 13, as the students will make predictions based on the illustrations. I
will stop after each page and ask for volunteers who would like to share their predictions and expla in their
thinking about the prediction made. I will also encourage students to pay close attention to what the
characters say and do. Explain that the actions of characters provide hints about what might happen next
in the story.
Page 16: I think the picture is telling me that the white men want gold.
Page 24: The boy is falling deep into the water, so that no one sees him swim away.
Last page: By looking at the man‟s body from the knee down, I infer that it is symbolic of their people
losing their way of life due to the body becoming transparent.

Independent Practice
Rereading is one of the best ways to check for meaning, especially if you are having a hard time
understanding what you are reading about. It all makes sense the second time through. Students will
reread the story and fill out the following chart to turn in to me. They will write what they know and
write what they infer. After the read aloud, we will go over their charts as a whole class.

  Facts (Something We Can See and Observe)                      Inferences (Interpretation)

Students will read the book Tight Times, by Barbara Shook Hazen. They will practice making inferences
based on the title, pictures and characters. As they read, they will fill out a T-chart with one side being an
inference they made during the story and the other side being what clues helped them make this inference.

Title: The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth
Author: Joanna Cole & Bruce Degen
Strategy: Determining Importance in Text
Teacher Modeling

Introduction: When you determine importance, you cut through the details to find the main idea.
Think of it like as if you were bobbing for apples. The purpose of the game is to get an apple (the main
idea), but without the water (the details), the game would not be as much fun!

Explanation: Every author starts out with a purpose. The author‟s purpose may be to teach you
about something new, to teach you a lesson on how to live your life, or to share a funny story with yo u.
The details are there to support the purpose and to make us want to read more. When I am reading, I sort
through the details and use them to figure out the main ideas(s). Some thoughts that I ask myself when I
am done reading are:
        The text was mostly about…
        The author is trying to tell me that…
        I learned…
        The important details were…
All of these thoughts help me sort through the text to figure out the “big idea(s)” of the story.

Think-Aloud/Modeling: I will introduce this book to the students that it is a blend of fiction and
nonfiction. To help me understand the story, I will make sure to read all of the text bubbles and facts
listed on notebook paper found on each page (show a couple of pages to the students, so they have the
idea). I will begin to read aloud the story and stop along the way to demonstrate what I find is important
and why. I will also code my thinking with (I=important, L=learned something new, *= interesting fact,
Aha=big idea, S=surprising.) Stop on page 14.
Page 8: Ms. Frizzle says, “We are going to study about our earth.” This tells me that the story will be
about the class investigating the earth. (I) Ms Frizzle also put the students to work writing reports about
earth science. (I)
Page 9: I am paying close attention to the facts found on the notebook paper about where rocks come
from – this is one of the student‟s reports. (L) This will be important information for me to understand the
story as I read along, so I am going to pay close attention to it. (*)
Page 11: Again I am taking note of the facts found in this student‟s report on what rocks are made of. (I)
Ms. Frizzle guessed they would all have to go on a field trip. (L) I wonder what kind of field trip?
Page 12: I didn‟t find it important to know that Ms. Frizzle‟s dress was a trip in itself, as I felt this wasn‟t
very important to know. (S)
Page 13: I found the notebook paper on the earth‟s crust important because it told me that it is made of
hard rock. (*) This explains to me why the students were having a hard time making the hole. (L)
Page 14: Ms. Frizzle is explaining to one of her students that the earth‟s crust has a top layer of soil. (*)
Hmmm, but what is soil made of? So I will read the important facts on the notebook paper about soil.

Guided Practice
Before I continue on with page 15, I will ask the students what they feel is most important in this story so
far. As I continue to read along, the students will write down their thinking of what is important to them.
I want them to figure out what information is important that helps them grasp the meaning of the story. I
will pause after each page to allow students time to write their thoughts down. During this time I would
like the students to look up at the board for the different ways of coding important information and to try
and use a code with their thoughts.

Independent Practice
I will provide the students with a variety of books that work well with the strategy “determining
importance”. Students will choose a picture book and indepe ndently read it to themselves. As they are
reading, I would like them to write down their thoughts of important information along with the page
number. They should try and write down an idea of why their thought was important to know. I will plan
on conferencing with all students and asking them the following questions,
What is the text mostly about?
Can you tell me about some of the important ideas that struck you?
What do you think is important to remember about this story/topic?

I will ask the students to choose a story that they want to read and to use this strategy while reading. I
will have them use sticky notes to mark spots that are important points to remember. I will also have
students apply this strategy to the various content areas we study throughout the year by having them
highlight important information and big ideas.

Title: The Kissing Hand
Author: Audrey Penn
Strategy: Synthesizing

Teacher Modeling
Introduction: What does it take to bake a cake? Baking a cake is much like synthesizing. You
count out the ingredients, poor them all together, blend them up, and put into the oven. All of the
ingredients (parts) mixed together become a whole new thing – a cake. When you read and listen to
stories, there are a lot of different parts and characters, but in the end all of those parts come together to
make up the whole story, just like the cake.

Explanation: Synthesizing requires combining a number of parts to form a new whole. When we read
we take in a lot of facts or information, think about them, and learn something new. Synthesizing is the
most complex strategy we will be working with and it uses all of our comprehension strategies together to
get a summary of what we have just read. By questioning, making connections, inferring, and picking out
the most important points we are able to produce a summary of what we are reading.

Think-Aloud: During the read aloud of the book, The Kissing Hand, I will explicitly share my
thinking with the students. I will share with them parts of the text that I feel are important and what it
makes me think of.
Page1-2: Chester Raccoon looks very sad, I wonder why he doesn‟t want to go to school?
Page 3: I am inferring that Chester Raccoon is starting Kindergarten because his mom told him that we
all have to try things we don‟t want to do.
Page 4-5: Hmmmm…I wonder what the secret is? I wonder why Chester goes to school at night instead
of during the daytime? I am thinking that it might have something to do with raccoons coming out more
during the night then during the day.
Page 5-6: I found some important information; the secret is about the kissing hand – that is also the title
of the book. I think the kissing hand will have to do with Mrs. Raccoon giving C hester a kiss on the hand
every day before he runs off to school to wipe all his fears away.
Page 7-8: I am visualizing how Chester feels after his mom kissed his hand. I know it always made me
feel good when my mom kissed me before I went to school. (T-S)

Guided Practice
We will read and finish the story together as a shared-reading and discuss the different comprehension
strategies that we are using while reading the pages. I will remind them that all of these comprehension
strategies are helping us “synthesize” so that we can get to the true meaning of the story. We will record
our thoughts on the board to help us summarize the story.

Independent Practice
After reading the book, I would encourage the students to look at the main points we had written on the board and
synthesize the information. They would go back to their desks and summarize what the book was about. They could
use the information on the board to help them synthesize. I will share my summary and synthesis with them once
everyone is done writing. A possible summary of the story includes: Chester Raccoon is afraid to go to
school for the first time. His mother gives him a special kiss to remind him of how much she loves him
while he's at school. It makes him feel much more secure. Whe n he's ready to go to school the first night,
he gives his mom the special kiss so she will remember that he loves her. My synthesis: the "new
thinking" might be that this is a story about anyone trying something new and how thinking about certain
people can help us feel strong inside, even if they haven't kissed the palm of our hand. It might also mean
that we give each other strength to do things that are new and challenging for us. This "new thinking" is
going beyond the text. When synthesizing we use many different reading strategies to get meaning.

Students will take another book of their choice and identify the main points of the story to form a
synthesis. The student will also be responsible to record his or her own thoughts in regards to the story.
They may also have the choice of drawing a picture to illustrate their findings.

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