College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading


Craft and Structure

4. Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
SOAR alignment: use ebooks and dictionary function to identify challenging words and phrases, and determine meaning.

Kindergarten -

Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.

Scenario 1 - Whole group

Technology required: one laptop, one digital projector, internet connection
Description:Students are studying weather and the seasons in the Kindergarten classroom. The class will research the topic as a large group, using the available laptop and projector. The class collaboratively develops a chart of questions related to the topic of weather and the seasons. The class chooses the question, “What are the different seasons like?” The class brainstorms a list of possible keywords to use in their search on large chart paper. Using the laptop and projector, the teacher leads the students in finding the SOAR database. Volunteer students will type in keywords to find a relevant book to be used for researching their question. The teacher has created a “My List” for the class, with the topic of “Weather and Seasons.” The students can add the books they wish to use to their list, which is saved through the database. One book added to the list is The Reasons for the Seasons by the popular non-fiction author Gail Gibbons (which, coincidentally, is an author who will be the subject of an author study later in the year!). The teacher checks out the book from the school library, and the class listens to a read-aloud of the book later that day. The class keeps track of the new vocabulary words as they read. The class has the task to discover the meanings of these new words, as they continue to research using the SOAR database. The newly discovered words are also used generate more research questions, and are used to conduct new searches on SOAR.

Scenario 2 - Small group

Technology required: 3 computers with internet connectivityDescription:Students are studying weather and the seasons in the Kindergarten classroom. After the whole class collaboratively develops a chart of questions related to the topic of weather and the seasons, the class chooses the question, “What are the different seasons like?” The class brainstorms a list of possible keywords to use in their search on large chart paper. During centers, small groups will research the topic through SOAR using the computers. Using the computers and the list of search words posted for spelling reference, the students conduct a search through the SOAR database, typing words into the search box to find relevant books to be used for researching their question. The teacher has created a “My List” for the class, with the topic of “Weather and Seasons.” The students can add the books they wish to use to their list, which is saved through the database. See Scenario 1 for continuation of activity.

Scenario 3 - Individual

Technology required: computer lab or laptop cart with 1:1 access, internet connectivity
Description:

Students are studying weather and the seasons in the Kindergarten classroom. After the whole class collaboratively develops a chart of questions related to the topic of weather and the seasons, the class chooses the questions, “What are the different seasons like?” The class brainstorms a list of possible keywords to use in their search on large chart paper. After completing these steps, students will go to the computer lab to find resources to answer the research question. Students will independently research the topic through SOAR using the computers in the computer lab. Using the computers and the list of search words posted for spelling reference, the students conduct a search through the SOAR database, typing words into the search box to find relevant books to be used for researching their question. The teacher has created a “My List” for the class, with the topic of “Weather and Seasons.” The students can add the books they wish to use to their list, which is saved through the database. See Scenario 1 for continuation of activity.