Lesson Plan

Detective Reading

Roll up your sleeves and get out the magnifying glasses! In this lesson, your students will practice finding supportive details and examples in informational texts.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will identify supporting details and examples in an informational text.
The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments

Introduction

(5 minutes)
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  • Introduce your lesson by raising a discussion about detectives. Possible questions include:
    • What does a detective do?
    • What does a detective find to solve a mystery?
  • Write your students' answers on the board. Answers should include ideas about investigating and gathering clues or evidence.
  • Tell your students that they will become detectives as they read a text together. Explain that they will need to identify, or recognize, details and examples in order to "solve" questions.

Beginning

  • Have a word wall visible to students. Provide and post the definition, with images if applicable, for the terms "detective," "mystery," "clue," "investigate," "supporting details," and "solve" in students' L1 or in English.

Intermediate

  • Have students turn to a partner to discuss the definition and purpose of a "detective."
  • Provide students with sentence frames and stems for the class discussion: "A detective is a person who ____________. A detective must find ____________ to solve a ____________."

Related Guided Lesson

Informational Text 3

3 online exercises
5 printable worksheets
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Grade
fourth grade
Subject Reading & Writing