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Cooperative Learning

Because of the new vocabulary introduced in many nonfiction works, it's helpful for young people to have the support of a peer. This works well in online reading situations. Students read the screen together and work on a shared activity. They're able to share the "wow" moments that occur when discovering new information.

Read the Scholastic article Reading Partnership and notice their reproducibles.

Read articles from websites in pairs. Ask students to stop each paragraph and share one thing they learned. Encourage them to move from recalling basic facts to reflecting on the contents (i.e., questions, opinions, perspectives).

Science and Cooperative Learning

Focus on Systems. Focus on a variety of readings that can be shared. Consider topics that have multiple categories that can be compared.

Focus on Models. Go to Making Rocks. Compare the model of the volcano to the scientist's real-world experiment.

Science Standards

Literature Circles

Identify and rotate roles of children within the literature circle groups. Harvey Daniels suggests the roles of Literary Luminary (finds sections to read aloud), Discussion Director (creates and introduces questions), Vocabulary Enricher (identified words to explore), Connector (finds links between text and people, places, or events), and Artful Artis (sketches a scene or identifies related photographs).

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