Learning about Road Construction through Read Aloud

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About this Lesson

 In this lesson, kindergarten students experience a read aloud of a narrative nonfiction text about how roads are built. The teacher first completes an unencumbered first read aloud of the anchor text. Students then listen to the text a second time, pausing to discuss text-dependent questions about the machines needed to complete construction of a new road in partnerships and as a whole class. Finally, students engage in a text-based drawing prompt with writing support from the teacher. The anchor text used in this lesson is “Roadwork” by Sally Sutton. It is included as a Literature Big Book in the Wonders curriculum used by this teacher. For more specific information about adapting the Wonders program, please visit the Wonders Materials Adaptation Project.

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. 

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 on this page with the lesson video is the Instructional Practice Guide, which is included in the Instructional Practice Toolkit.

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