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4 Blocks, level: Elementary
Posted Mon Aug 23 04:58:49 PDT 1999 by deb ().
Materials Required: Danny the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
Concepts Taught: learning to apply listening skills to reading

Subject:
inferences w/ Danny the Dinosaur
Date:
Sun, 22 Aug 1999 22:43:22 -0400
From:
Dave & Deb Smith
To:
"4-blocks@lists.teachers.net" <4-blocks@lists.teachers.net>
References:
1 , 2 , 3

> "Transferring comprehension from listening to reading" is an excellent article
> written by Patricia Cunningham The Reading Teacher volume 29 date 1975
> pages 169-172
>
> Patricia Cunningham gives this example for a lesson. The mistakes are mine. The
> ideas are hers!

> Like main ideas, inferences are very difficult for many elementary school
> children. Those who are not as able to to make inferences are often helped by
> listening to others explain on what evidence they based their inferences.
>
> 1. Set the purpose for listening: On the board, I have listed five possible
> outcomes for the story I will read to you. As I read, try to think how the story
> might come out. I will stop and we will choose one of these outcomes, then I
> will finish the story and see if we were right.
>
> 2. Read the story, stop and ask children to predict which will be the real
> outcome. Have children support their predictions with actual events from the
> story.
>
> 3. Finish the story.
>
> 4. Give the students part of a story to read and a sheet with five possible
> outcomes. Remind them that they will the same thing in reading as they did in
> listening.
>
> 5. Students read the passage and choose the most likely outcome.
>
> 6. Give the students the rest of the story to read; they explain which events in
> the story led them to choose a particular outcome.

Danny and the Dinosaur written by Syd Hoff

List the following sentences on the board.

1. The dinosaur went home with Emily Elizabeth to live with Clifford the Big Red
Dog.
2. The dinosaur went back to the museum. They need him there.
3. The dinosaur hid behind a skyscrapper until the children found him.
4. Danny wished that the dinosaur would live with him forever.

Read pages through 52-53. Then read the sentences to the class. Have the children
do #2.
Read through page 60. Do #2 again.
Finish the book and do #2 again.

Then, get another Danny the Dinosaur book generate a few optional sentences and do
again. :)