Taking Notes with Kindergartners ©

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About this Lesson

In this video, students are preparing to write a report about occupations and answer the focusing question: "What kind of tools does a ______ use?" Students use the same process to find information as they did in a previous writing experience, but are moving towards more independence in this writing task. Using various texts about different occupations, student pairs read the images and basic text to gain information in answering the focusing question. Scaffolds such as manipulative organizers and drawing pictures to enhance text are used to support these emerging readers with reading and writing about complex informational text.  The text in this lesson can often be found in libraries or at online bookstores.

This video shows a real-life classroom, with all the real-life challenges and successes found in daily interactions between students and teachers. It has been selected because it includes illustrations of the Core Actions and Indicators embedded in the day-to-day work happening in schools, and so it offers opportunities to practice using and norming expectations around the Instructional Practice Guide: Coaching Tool. Learn more about this video and others in the collection.

Instructional Practice Toolkit

We recommend watching this lesson in the context of using the Instructional Practice Toolkit, a professional learning module designed to support understanding of planning and instruction aligned to college- and career-ready (CCR) standards.  Included with the lesson video, lesson plan, student work, and teacher interview are the activity templates from the Instructional Practice Toolkit. 

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