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Day 1: "Ever Wondered How It Snows?"

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/3/4

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This lesson focuses on determining the meaning of domain-specific words found within the anchor text, "Ever Wondered How It Snows?" by Moira E. McLaughlin, from KidsPost. The day begins with a teacher read aloud of the text. Students are then asked to engage in close rereading of particular sections of the text (paragraphs #2, #3, and #5), and to define given domain-specific words within these sections of text. Students may work with partners as they return to the text to define these words, and they should capture the definitions of these words on the student guided notes sheet. The focus question should be completed independently after a whole group discussion about the definitions of the words. Special Materials: 1) Copies of anchor text for each student 2) Copies of student guided notes sheet for each student 3) Highlighters