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Lesson Plan

Subject & Topic: Reading 5-3-1 Talk with an Astronaut

Page: 228

James R. Wallbaum
Date: 3/17/14
Time Required: 40 mins

CCSS Informational Text 8: Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence
to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence
support which points.
CCSS Informational Text 1: Quote accurately from a text when explaining
what a text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
CCSS Language 4: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and
multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content,
choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Learning Objectives:

The students will demonstrate an ability to identify evidence that an

author has a specific purpose for writing the text.
The students will demonstrate knowledge of new vocabulary, as
evidenced by their completion of a fill-in-the-blank and matching

Pre-assessment, using Vocabulary word analysis and comprehension weekly
test (p. 133-137 in Teachers manual)
Authors Purpose Worksheet (Reading Packet p. 338)
Vocabulary Worksheet (Reading Packet p. 340)
Adaptations and Accommodations:
Weekly test will be read orally.
Extra time may be given on weekly test to students that require it.
Reading Street Textbook, Projector, Teachers Manual, Concept Video
Academic Language:
Manned, Launch, Command Module, Lunar Module

Statement of Objective or Purpose:

Today our objective is to learn our new vocabulary, as well as practice our
comprehension skill of Authors Purpose, and comprehension strategy of
Monitor and Clarify.
Sequence of Activities:

Anticipatory Set: Concept Talk - Ask students what adventures an
astronaut might have. Have students do a think-pair-share. During the
share portion, use prompt questions such as:
o What do you already know about astronauts and what they do?
o What personal qualities might be important for an astronaut to have?
Show the Concept Video.
Introduce new vocabulary. Display the lesson words. Give students an
opportunity to tell what they already know about these words. Then ask
oral questions, such as:
o Should you feel ashamed of your accomplishments?
o When you focus on a task, are you ignoring the task?
o Does gravity hold us to earth and keep us from floating?
o Do people type on monitors when they use computers?
o If a person is your role model, do you admire that person?
o If someone is asking for a few paperclips, is the person asking for a
specific amount?
Have students complete page 340 in their reading packet for vocabulary
Present this weeks Amazing Words, which are Manned, Launch,
Command Module, and Lunar Module.
Read short selection on Apollo 13 aloud. Have students listen for Amazing
Remind students the Authors Purpose is the reason an author writes a
Have the students turn to page EI2 in the student edition to review
Authors Purpose. Ask If an author provides a lot of facts, what might be
his or her purpose for writing?
Model the comprehension skill of Authors Purpose: Today were going to
read about the history of the space program in the United States. Have
the students follow along as you read paragraph one of The United States
in Space. The first sentence provides facts that I can check, and does not
contain any humorous or persuasive language. What conclusion can we
draw about the authors purpose? (The authors purpose is to inform.)
Have students finish reading the selection on their own, filling out a
graphic organizer (like the one on page 230) that helps them identify the
authors purpose.
Assign page 338 in the reading packet to practice Authors Purpose.

Remind students that if they have difficulty understanding the selection,

they can use the Monitor and Clarify strategy. Model the strategy of
rereading aloud to adjust understanding: As I read paragraph two, I
realize that the author is giving a lot of important information. I need to
read slowly so that I understand. I can also reread aloud if I need to clarify
Have student review page EI19 for additional information on the strategy
Monitor and Clarify.

Questions to ask:

See highlighted questions, above.

Conclusion and Summary:

Today we practiced our reading comprehension skill and strategy, and
learned our new vocabulary. Tomorrow we will start reading our story, Talk
with an Astronaut.
Self Evaluation and Reflection:
I was very excited with how this lesson went. Students were very engaged,
but maybe a little overwhelmed with how much seat work they had to do. I
was pleased with their work on these assignments, and I thought they
showed understanding of authors purpose. Not every student correctly
identified what the authors purpose was on the worksheet, but they all used
solid reasoning to support what they thought was the authors purpose. The
students did well on the vocabulary assessment. I will also be looking
forward to seeing how much progress they make between the preassessment and post-assessment for this week.