When I needed to work additionally with some kids during an open period, and they saw the workbook I was given to use with them, they groaned. So we put it aside and started creating interactive notebooks. They loved them! Something about cutting and pasting really made them happy. And they were getting what they needed to learn, so why not?
And that got me to thinking. Would there be a way for these kids to learn comprehension skills by doing first, BEFORE reading? So a couple of weeks ago, I came up with a Scavenger Hunt for Cause and Effect. It's the first one of a couple like this that I'd like to create. Here it is.
My plan is that working collaboratively, kids roam around the school - or around your room or a smaller area if you don't want them to get too far from your gaze - yeah, we've all had those kids you won't send out of your room without supervision! Would finding REAL WORLD causes and effects (push the button on the big silver box and water comes out of the little tube-thingy) help them make the transition to the printed word?
The lesson includes some graphic organizers to help them, a short written piece where they evaluate what they've seen, and then this one-page article about the Dust Bowl that I wrote, with lots of Causes and Effects included. Here's what the teacher copy of the article looks like.
So, what do you think? Is this something that makes sense? You can find it at my TpT or TN stores, but I'm always happy to give you a free copy in exchange for feedback and you following my store. Are you interested? Let me know, give me your email and I'll send you one.
Have a great day!