Use this lesson to help your ELs quickly find information on a specific topic by looking for a noun and its pronouns in a nonfiction text. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson Ecosystems Explained.
Students will use the strategy of synthesizing information from multiple sources.
Students will be able to find information about a topic with nouns and associated pronouns using color coding.
Display the diagram of the water cycle from the worksheet The Water Cycle and ask students to write what they notice or know about the visual on a sticky note. Have volunteers read their sticky notes aloud. Write some responses on the board.
Choose a volunteer to read the student-friendly language objective (i.e., "I can find information about a topic with nouns and pronouns using color coding."). Then ask for input on the meaning of nouns and pronouns.
Tell students they’ll gather information about the same topic but from two different sources. Emphasize that when looking for specific information from texts, looking for specific nouns and pronouns will help them find details quickly.