Read the text together as a class. Discuss and model note taking strategies, such as:
looking at the title, subheadings, illustrations and repeated words for hints about the main idea
listing the subject-specific words (words that are related to the main idea)
noting the key facts and details as single words or short phrases.
Assist the students to fill out the note taking graphic organiser for the text about owls.
Allow the students to choose an informative text from the classroom display. Using this text and an additional copy of the note taking graphic organiser, ask the students to record appropriate notes for the informative text of their choice. Once they have written their notes, encourage the students to classify the key information into categories e.g. when, where, who. Monitor and support the students as required.
Ask confident students to share their summaries for the informative text they chose with the rest of the class. Encourage the students to identify the main idea and key vocabulary of the chosen text.
Provide any fast finishers with another task card from the comprehension pack to work on individually.
Allow any students who find reading comprehension challenging to work on the note taking task in a small group with a teacher or teacher aide.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities