Dolly Calyen has taught in the public school system for 21 years in
grades K-3. She received a BA in Social Science N-6 and an MS in
Elementary Education N-6. She is presently an AIS teacher working
with second grade at-risk students.
Comparison activity- identify which animals live on a farm
and which live in a zoo. Also, which could be found in both
places. Students searched the internet to identify more animals.
KWL- students accessed www.kidshealth.com to
learn more about parts of the eye and its functions.
NEW activity - students used
Microsoft's drawing function to create an eye and to label
parts of the eye.
Students were required to write an extended writing piece.
Identified key literacy elements in text and related
those features to student's own experiences. For example,
students identified the problem in the story and compared
it to a personal experience.
Conducted Internet researched and selected information
appropriate to the purpose of the investigation (see modified
Worked together in cooperative settings to gather, share,
and discuss information.
We used technology to conduct research. They also used it to create their
1) The KWL chart was used to identify areas each student's individual
growth and also to determine areas that interest students.
2) Group discussions were assessed to determine if students
were applying the rules for accountable talk, which requires
everyone to share. This was also used to determine if the
students understood their tasks.
3) Students' final products were assessed to determine if
the students had completed them properly and to identify
any areas that need further review.
Tips for Teachers
Some of the vocabulary should be changed for more advanced students.
The Arthur books could be used to teach grammar.
For example, Arthur's Birthday had several compound words.
Students could also identify the different
messages revealed in each book.
Student Work Samples
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