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					Think Aloud
Physical Education
     Grade 9




   T.J. Lynch
 October 27 2009
                                             Directions

        Today we are going to be reading about a particular type of weights: free weights. During
the reading we will be learning about what free weights are, and how we can use them. I am
going to read you a short passage from the text. While I read, I am going to perform a think
aloud to show you how you can get more out of your text. Every text has confusing parts, so I
want to show you how you can get through it with as little frustration as possible. When I am
finished, you will have seen how I am able to make sense of what I am reading. First, when I sit
down to read, I make predictions based on the title. Then I read through the passage. While I
read through the passage, I think about every sentence. I try to relate it to things I already know. I
make analogies and paint a picture so I can better understand the material. When I get to a
confusing point, I vocalize it, and if I still can’t figure out what it means, I use some sort of fix
up strategy. Now, follow along with me as I demonstrate how to think aloud.



                                               Passage

Free Weights

        Free weights is a term applied collectively to dumbbells and barbells, as well as plates
and safety clips. A dumbbell is a short bar with weights either attached at both ends or
permanently connected, designed to be held and lifted with one hand. A barbell is a long, metal
bar with weights at both ends, lifted with both hands at once. Clips are the most common means
for attaching weights to dumbbells or barbells.
 Free Weights

        This is not in the middle of the page or anything, it is just slightly bigger than the rest of
the type, and is in a different color. So while I know it is not part of the paragraph that follows, it
must be a sub title as there are several other parts of the book like this. Also, from prior
knowledge, I know that these two words directly relate to the title of the chapter, so I know that
they are important to the chapter and obviously to the text following. The words themselves give
some insight to what they are. The word free usually means of no cost, however in this instance
we know it must be different. So free probably means unrestricted, referring to the range of
motion or the ease of use. Weight can be taken as is. Weight refers to something heavy. So, in
this case, I predict Free Weights means weights that give you an unrestricted range of motion.
Lets read on and find out.

                                    (Step 1: Make predictions)

 Free weights is a term applied collectively to dumbbells and barbells, as well as plates
 and safety clips. A dumbbell is a short bar with weights either attached at both ends or
 permanently connected, designed to be held and lifted with one hand.
        This is like a small hammer with weights on both ends, that’s why it can be gripped using
one hand. The weights on either end must be equal as well for balancing purposes. So really it
would kind of look like a two sided hammer, but with bigger or smaller end caps because of the
weight. But it says some dumbbells can have weight attached, so there must not be any end caps.
To keep the weight from sliding in on your hands, there must be something there to stop it. So
these probably look like a hammer with two stoppers, and then extensions off of it to add weight.

                                         (Step 2:Paint a Picture)
 A barbell is a long, metal bar with weights at both ends, lifted with both hands at
 once.


        This is like a broom with weights on both ends. I am guessing this looks quite a bit like a
dumbbell only bigger. I wonder how much bigger though? Is there a standard size for how long a
barbell is? After re-reading the passage to this point, I assume if you are meant to lift it with two
hands that it is long enough to hold in front of you with your arms at shoulders length and
stretched from your body. Since you add the weights on to the ends, it must be longer still.
Probably more like a shovel handle. So, dumbbells are like weighted hammers and barbells
are like shovel handles.

                                        (Step 3: Share an analogy)
 A barbell is a long, metal bar with weights at both ends, lifted with both hands at once.

        I didn’t really understand this fully. Is a barbell just twice the size of a dumbbell? As I
was thinking earlier, it must be longer than that so you can lift it with both hands. I assume it has
no particular spots for you to put your hands, because everyone would be a little different. Some
people would hold it wide, while others would hold it with their hands close together. That’s
what I have learned up to this point in the reading.

                                  (Step 4: Verbalize a confusing point)

 Clips are the most common means for securing weights to dumbbells or barbells.
        I know for my opened bags of chips, I use chip clips. They allow me to tightly close the
bag, and really easily open by just removing the clip. I think the same principle applies. The end
of barbells and dumbbells are round, like a pop can. So a clip is probably a little smaller than
that, and you can squeeze the handle in order to make it bigger to get around it, and then when
you release it it tightens and secures the weight. If the barbell is metal, as are the weights, the
clip must be made of something with a similar strength. Something that you bend a bit as well.
I’m thinking steel. The smooth, cool steel or metal will allow a little bend in order to change
shape to get around the rounded end of the barbell.

                                         (Step 2: Paint a picture)
Free weights is a term applied collectively to dumbbells and barbells, as well as plates and safety
clips. A dumbbell is a short bar with weights either attached at both ends or permanently connected,
designed to be held and lifted with one hand. A barbell is a long, metal bar with weights at both
ends, lifted with both hands at once. Clips are the most common means for attaching weights to
dumbbells or barbells.

        I am going to RE-READ this passage to make sure I got all of the information.

                                  (Step 5: Fix-up strategies: Re-reading)

A barbell is a long, metal bar with weights at both ends, lifted with both hands at once.


         After re-reading the passage it is still just not clear to me exactly how long a barbell will
 actually be. I have a picture in my head, but how can I be sure I am right. I am going to
 LOOK IT UP ONLINE so I can gain a full understanding of what a barbell actually
 looks like.

                          (Step 5: Fix-up strategies: Consult an outside source)

                                                  Summary

         After reading this passage, I understand that free weights are pieces of equipment that are
 used for strength training. The dumbbell is a smaller piece of equipment that you can grip and lift
 with one hand. I thought of this sort of like a hammer. The weights are either permanently
 attached, or they can be taken off and put back on while being secured by clips or collars. A
 barbell is a long metal bar that you can lift with both hands and the weights are attached at the
 ends and secured by clips or collars. This part was confusing to me, even after I painted a
 picture. So I re-read the passage, and because that didn’t help, I looked it up online and saw what
 exactly it looked like. Now, after reading this passage and performing my think aloud I can fully
 understand what this passage was about without any confusion.

				
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