Visible Thinking routines
Think Tank...on Monday put a question for the students to answer. They will then write their answer on a fish and staple it to the board. On Fridays go thru the fish and place the ones who correctly answered the questions in the fish bowl. Draw five every couple of weeks and give those students a reward. Works as a great assessment tool to see how the students are doing with various concepts! Maybe a a trivia contest in the library??
The Great Gracie Chase by Cynthia Rylant. Go through the book with your reader without reading the words just look at the pictures and tell the story from them. You must make inferences to do this! You might even want to choose a few illustrations and conduct a See, Think, Wonder Thinking routine on it. Then go back and read the story. How close were your inferences to the story that Cynthia Rylant wrote? AR BL 3.1 - Points 0.5
Tip: What If...? Narrative - Present the anchor chart above as a pre-writing organizer. Think aloud about a what if scenario for yourself (some good ones - What if..I was born before my sister?; ..my cat could talk?; ..I could fly at night?; ..I knew when and how I would die?; ..a real superhero came to our classroom; ..I had a million dollars? ..no one died - ever? etc.) Be sure to make sure students understand the “what if” scenario - draw it, act it out...