Category Archives: Teaching Practices

To teach … teachers need to collect tools and strategies so they can develop and facilitate on many different levels. Discover Good Teaching Practices that focus on inquiry, meta-cognition and modeling.

Teaching Practices: Introduction to Story Mapping Lesson Four – Individual Practice

story-mapping-lesson-4_thumbSubject
English, Language Arts
Grade
3 to 6
Description
The teacher uses modeling, teaching and guiding pupils’ practice to introduce the Story Mapping strategy. Story Mapping, a strategy used by good readers, empowers pupils to get more out of reading. Pupils listen and read a story; identify the setting, characters and events; draw a picture to illustrate the main events; and tell the story. Pupils are guided by the teacher and work independently. Pupils are assessed using a pupil self-assessment based on lesson objectives or a rubric based on the development of a Story Map. Continue reading

Teaching Practices: Introduction to Story Mapping Lesson Three – Partner Practice

story-mapping-lesson-3_thumb Subject
English, Language Arts
Grade
3 to 6
Description
The teacher uses modeling, teaching and guiding pupils’ practice to introduce the Story Mapping strategy. Story Mapping, a strategy used by good readers, empowers pupils to get more out of reading. Pupils listen and read a story; identify the setting, characters and events; draw a picture to illustrate the main events; and tell the story. Pupils are guided by the teacher and work in a pair. Pupils are assessed using a pupil self-assessment based on lesson objectives or a rubric based on the development of a Story Map. Continue reading

Teaching Practices: Introduction to Story Mapping Lesson Two – Group Practice

story-mapping-lesson-2_thumbSubject
English, Language Arts
Grade
3 to 6
Description
The teacher uses modeling, teaching and guiding pupils’ practice to introduce the Story Mapping strategy. Story Mapping, a strategy used by good readers, empowers pupils to get more out of reading. Pupils listen and read a story; identify the setting, characters and events; draw a picture to illustrate the main events; and tell the story. Pupils are guided by the teacher and work in a small group. Pupils are assessed using a pupil self-assessment based on lesson objectives or a rubric based on the development of a Story Map. Continue reading

Teaching Practices: Introduction to Story Mapping Lesson One

story-mapping-lesson-1_thumbLesson One: Model Story Mapping Subject
English, Language Arts

Grade: 1 to 2

Description:
The teacher uses modeling to introduce the Story Mapping strategy. Pupils listen while the teacher reads a story; identifies the setting, characters and events; draws a picture to illustrate the main events; and retells the story.

Objectives
Upon completion of this lesson, pupils will be able to:

  • Identify the characters in the story
  • Place the events in order to show what Jibrin saw every day
  • Verbally retell the story by drawing a Story Map
  • Visually represent a retelling of the story by making a Story Map

Introduction to Story Mapping Lesson One

 

Teaching Practices: Introduction to Story Mapping

story-mapping-introduction_thumb A Series of Lessons to introduce Story Mapping
Story Mapping is a series of four lessons for primary pupils learning to be good readers. It is a story-based series of lessons which aims to provide pupils with a working knowledge of Story Mapping so that pupils will be able to use the setting, events and information to talk about what they have read. Throughout the four lessons, the pupils build on prior knowledge, connect to their own knowledge and organize knowledge so it is accessible in the future. The lessons follow a four step structure of ‘thinking aloud’ and modeling by the teacher, then practicing in a whole group, further practice with a partner and finally independent practice.

Introduction to Story Mapping

Teaching Practices: Introduction to Using Word Wall

word-wall-unit_thumb A word wall is a systematically organized collection of words displayed in
large letters on a wall or other large display place in the classroom. It is a
tool to use, not just display. Word walls are designed to promote group
learning and be shared by a classroom of children.
This large section includes:

  • Introducing Word Wall to Teachers
  • Using the Word Wall
  • Word Wall Words
  • Selecting Word Wall Words
  • Dolch High Frequency Words

Word Wall Introduction Unit