Classroom Environment Lesson Structure Assessment Sample Comprehension Lessons

“Notice New Learning”

Sample Lesson: Building and Activating Schema Strategy
Grade 2

Use Schema Prior to Viewing, See Introduction to Schema

Purposes of the Lesson: Teach students to:

  • Stop and notice new learning as they read informational text
  • Jot down new knowledge in writing or drawing
  • Jot down new knowledge in writing or drawing
  • Think about their new learning to understand it (e.g., using language like “wow”, “L” for learned, paraphrasing, synthesizing or reacting to the information)

Lesson Segment
(Video Clip)
Segment Focus
Questions to Consider While Viewing (Links to Facilitator Notes for PLC)
Teacher Commentary
(Video Clip)
Supporting Documents
Lesson Introduction Become familiar with the book and lesson plan
  • Read the book, Volcanoes, by Anne Schreiber, National Geographic Kids, 2008 , or the book summary which indicates the pages used in the lesson.
  • Read the lesson plan.
Lesson Introduction (5:32)













Connect/Engage (5:20)
  • Explain the strategy focus of the lesson;
  • Build/activate background knowledge and motivation for reading the text;
  • Establish or practice procedures/routines
What does the teacher do to set students up to be successful and engaged with the lesson? Connect/Engage (2:34)
Model (8:06)
  • Read aloud and stop at strategic points to think aloud
  • Model how to record thinking
  • Use turn and talk to assess understanding and involve students
Model (2:08)
Guided Practice 1 (5:47)
  • Continue to read aloud. Children record their own thinking and turn and talk;
  • Gradually shift responsibility for thinking and recording thinking from teacher to students;
  • Confer with students as they work.
In each video clip, how does the teacher gradually shift responsibility for noticing and recording new learning to the students? How does she scaffold support while encouraging independence? ( See Guided Practice Response Chart) Guided Practice 2 (1:02)
Guided Practice 2 (4:27)
Independent Practice 1 (6:34)

Independent Practice 2 (6:05)

  • Students work on applying the strategy(ies) on their own or with a partner
  • Teacher confers – listening, scaffolding, and teaching into each student’s needs
Independent Practice (2:56)
Share and Closure (7:04)
  • Teach, reinforce, and/or utilize established routines to provide a respectful and supportive environment for sharing thinking
  • Reinforce important ideas from the lesson and encourage their future use
What is accomplished in the sharing segment? How did the procedures used contribute to the process? Share and Closure (1:58)
Analyzing Student Work Teacher/colleague analysis of student work Analyzing Student Work (3:49)
Lesson Reflection Teacher/colleague discussion about the lesson Lesson Reflection (3:39)