Super Survival Skills
Students will identify main topics and supporting details in an informational text and organize the details by using a graphic organizer.
Introduction (25 minutes)
- Explain to students that they will be learning how to organize main ideas and supporting details by reading about survival skills.
- Have students brainstorm with a partner some survival skills they know and to make a list on a sheet of paper.
- Have volunteers share a few items from their list until all ideas from the class are shared.
- Tell students that you would like them to watch a video on how to identify edible plants in the wild which is an important survival skill.
- Watch Foolproof Wild Edible Plants #1.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Hand out the Cool Survival Skills worksheet and the Bubble Story organizer to each student.
- Read aloud the first section, How to Find North, to the class.
- Model how to fill out the Bubble Story organizer after reading the section. Don't have students fill out the organizer with you.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Arrange students into pairs and have them partner read the rest of the Cool Survivor Skills worksheet.
- Walk around the room to monitor students to make sure they are on task.
Independent Working Time (10 minutes)
- Refer students to the displayed Bubble Story organizer.
- Instruct them to fill out the organizer using a section other than How to Find North.
- Enrichment: Encourage advanced students to research a survival skill not mentioned in the worksheet and present their research to the class.
- Support: Pair students who need support with students who understand the concept.
- Use the completed Bubble Story organizer as an informal assessment.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Tell students that using an organizer like the Bubble Story organizer when reading informational text is a great way to organize main ideas and supporting details.
- Take any final questions or comments about the lesson.