For tonight's class we will explore a chapter about Reading Comprehension written by Dr. Woolley (2011) using two comprehension strategies: paragraph shrinking and Read, Respond, Revisit & Discuss (Hurst, Fisk, & Wilson, 2006). We will read an article about a powerful tool for teaching science (Wieman & Perkins, 2006) and then you will explore online science simulations in your domain of expertise. You will identify the science concepts associated with the simulations and then find a written text that explains one or more of these concepts. You will then develop a lesson plan that uses the written text you found and utilizes one of the comprehension strategies. And finally, you will teach a mini-lesson on how to use the planned comprehension strategy with the text you found to a partner.

1.) Reading Comprehension

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  • Use Section (Paragraph) Shrinking to read this chapter
    • What is paragraph shrinking? "Paragraph shrinking is an activity developed as part of the Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS). The paragraph shrinking strategy allows each student to take turns reading, pausing, and summarizing the main points of each paragraph. Students provide each other with feedback as a way to monitor comprehension." (source: http://www.readingrockets.org/strategies/paragraph_shrinking)

  • Screen Shot 2014-06-16 at 3.05.57 PM.pngUse Read, Respond, Revisit & Discuss to improve your comprehension
    • You can read about this strategy by reading pgs. 51 - 53
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    • What is the RRR&D strategy? "When students Read, Respond, Revisit & Discuss when they read, they integrate reading, writing with social interactions. This reading comprehension strategy is based on the ideas about speech that Vygotsky (1986) posited:
      • 1.) A child’s speech is as important as the role of action in attaining the goal.

      • 2.) Children not only speak about what they are doing; their speech and action are part of one and the same complex psychological function, directed toward the solution of the problem at hand.

      • 3.) The more complex the action demanded by the situation and the less direct its solution, the greater the importance played by speech in the operation as a whole.

      • 4.) Sometimes speech becomes of such vital importance that, if not permitted to use it, young children cannot accomplish the given task."

2.) Choose a PhET Simulation

  • When looking through the simulations, choose one simulation that you would like to spend 3 weeks on and that you would feel comfortable teaching.
  • Identify the science concepts in the simulation and write these concepts down for tomorrow