Infer the Meaning of New Words
Preassess students’ understanding of inferring by creating a circle thinking map (or a brainstorming graphic organizer) in a whole group lesson. Ask students what they already know about inferring or what it makes them think of, have them share it with a partner, and then share out with the class. Record their answers on the circle map before beginning the lesson.
Activate students’ prior knowledge by using a thinking map they are already familiar with – a tree map. Then, connect this to the use of an app they have never used before, explaining that it is simply an easy way to make tree maps on iPads and Chromebooks.
Model finding one unfamiliar word in the text using the ebook version of a science textbook on the Smartboard. Locate a word and think aloud about how you are not sure what it means. Then, model how to track thinking using the tree map template (or other graphic organizer to categorize information) students will be using on the Popplet app on an iPad which will be mirrored on the Smartboard. Write the unfamiliar word under the heading “word”. Then, write the sentence you found it in under the word “sentence”. Next, search the surrounding sentences for text clues and write those under the heading “text clues”. Finally, write what you believe the word means using a combination of text clues and pictures from the text under the heading “inferred meaning”. Model a second word using the same format as the first but with student input.
3 Independent Practice
Teacher sends students to work independently.
STUDENT INSTRUCTIONS Students will use either the physical science textbook or the ebook version (which often has the ability to read to them) to do the same activity independently. Students will use the Popplet app to track their thinking in a tree map (or another graphic organizer to categorize information). Students will export their Popplets as jpeg files and turn them into me on a digital portfolio platform called Seesaw.