Procedure Day Two:
Reading for key details and the sequence of events is important in informational books also. For this lesson I have chosen a book about the moon landing but you may adapt the lesson by choosing another book that you are using in science or social studies.
Preparation: Write these sentences, one on each sentence strip.
1. The Eagle and the Columbia separate.
2. Armstrong finds a safe place to land the Eagle on the moon.
3. Armstrong says “That’s one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind."
4. Both men jump around like kangaroos.
5. A flag is placed on the moon and rocks are gathered.
6. At a speed of over 3,000 miles the Columbia and the Eagle join together again.
7. The astronauts splash down in the ocean.
Read the book One Giant Leap by Robert Burleigh. Pass out the sentence strips, one per student or pair of students, in random order. Instruct the students to come up front in the correct order and hold the sentence strip out for the others to read it. Is the sequence of events correct?
Read a short human-interest newspaper article to your students. Instruct the students to write two or three sentences about the article in the sequential order.
Boynton, Sandra. The Going to Bed Book. Little Simon Publishers, 1982.
Burleigh, Robert. One Giant Leap. Philomel Books, 2009.
Kim, Sue. How Does a Seed Grow? Little Simon Publishing, 2010.
Yolen, Jane. How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Room? Blue Sky Press, 2004.
Soloff, Barbara. How to Draw People. Dover Publications, 2002.