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Reading for Meaning Instructional Design Lesson Plan

Reading for Meaning Instructional Design Lesson Plan

This is a lesson plan to help students develop comprehension strategies for determining the meaning behind new vocabulary words. It is a cooperative learning activity that allows students to work with partners and use context clues to gain a more accurate understanding of unfamiliar terms.


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Stephanie Scofield
Stephanie Scofield (Teacher (K-12))
8 years ago

Reading for meaning is a very important everyday skill that students will be required to do for the rest of their lives. This lesson does a good job of providing students with the opportunity to practice this skill that sometimes is assumed.  One thing that could be improved upon is making sure the texts chosen are interesting ones that students will enjoy and be excited to engage in.  Additionally, one may want to provide a reading that can be listened to in case a student is visually impaired.  Finally, I think this lesson has good ideas presented and the 4th graders will enjoy attempting to determine the better definitions.

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Technology required is very easy to access for most schools.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes
Dianne Stemen
Dianne Stemen (Teacher (K-12))
8 years ago

Being able to use context clues to understand the meaning of unfamiliar words is something that all readers should know how to do and is often overlooked by students as a reading strategy that needs to be practiced. Reading levels differ from program to program, so it is unclear where a reading level of 36 falls for all fourth grade students. The use of technology is very minimal and not really necessary except to say that it was used.

Technical Remarks:

No technology is needed to view this lesson, however, a few typos were found.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes
Duane B. Karlin
Duane B. Karlin (Teacher (K-12))
8 years ago

Teaching students to understand the context in which words are used is a vital skill that is often overlooked.  Having a lesson (or set of lessons) which addresses this issue is a valuable tool for students.  They need to be able to understand what they read in order to be successful learners.  Fourth grade is such a pivotal year for students because they move from learning to read to reading to read.  Having this skill will only increase their level of future success.  I am uncertain what the levels mean, but with any class, I am fairly certain this could be measured in a manner in which the teacher is comfortable.

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Time spent reviewing site: 25 minutes