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“Find Important Facts”

Sample Lesson
Independent Reading Grade 1

Find Important Facts This lesson focuses on comprehension in nonfiction texts in the Spring of first grade. For emphasis on strategies for processing early levels of text, see Use Pictures and Make a Plan. For using running record notations in conferring during Independent Reading, see Focus on Fluency.

Supporting Documents:


Lesson Segment
(Video Clip)
Segment Focus
Questions to Consider While Viewing (Links to Facilitator Notes)
Teacher Commentary
(Video Clip)
Background on class and structure of IR Before the Lesson (2:30)
Part 1 – Engage (2:28) The teacher explains students will practice pulling out important information as they read informational text in IR today. How does the introduction engage the students in the strategy the teacher wants them to try? Mini-Lesson: Part 1 (0:59)
Part 2 – Model and Prepare for Independence (6:47) The teacher models reading to find information, noting “wow” facts, and choosing the most important facts to record on sticky notes. How does the teacher’s modeling prepare the students for IR?
Independent Reading
Conference 1 (6:28) Teacher confers with individual students while they are independently reading For each conference, consider:

You may want to consult the teacher conference notes and the student sticky notes as you discuss the above points.

Conference 1 (1:47)
Conference 2 (5:05)  Conference 2 (1:59)
Buddy Sharing (3:02) Students share selections from their reading and strategies they used with the class; students respond to the person sharing What do you think the advantages and disadvantages are to buddy sharing? Buddy Sharing (1:06)
Closure (2:00) The whole class reconvenes to bring closure to the lesson Closure (0:55)