We welcomed our three second grade enrichment reading groups today! Students who are already reading at a high level are challenged to begin implementing strategies for "reading to learn."
Our first strategies were to connect to prior knowledge about a topic and to learn to ask questions before and as we read. I modeled this with Steve Jenkins' new book Creature Features: Twenty-Five Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do.
We used a KWL chart to record our prior knowledge (K) and what we wondered (W).
After we copied the name of the first animal, the tapir, and noted that it looked a little like a bear and a little like an elephant, we wrote down what we knew about tapirs (not much) and what we wanted to know (where it lives, how it hides from predators). Then we read a little about tapirs. We found some information to add to the L column: tapirs use their nose to find plants to eat, including berries and leaves.