Our next “Comprehension Strategy” focus is Visualizing.
To model, we began a Read Aloud of John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields….in an illustrated picture book.
When the text said, “In Flanders Fields, the poppys blow”, I visualized a big field of red flowers swaying in sync with each other, back and forth”
When the text said, “between the crosses row on row”, I visualized a lot of rows of gray and white coloured crosses, some with names printed on them.
We reviewed the two types of patterns that we can find in a T-table of values.
– a pattern for the right, vertical column
– a pattern to turn the left column number INTO the right column number
There is a second strategy that uses the Gap numbers of the # of blocks as a clue. Students do not have to use this “gap number clue” strategy to meet expectations. If they struggle with understanding it, they can still find the answer with the Guess & Test strategy.
On tomorrow’s test, we must find the 2nd pattern (e.g. Pattern that connects figure # to the # of squares) first by using GUESS & TEST….even though there is a 2nd strategy.
HERE IS THE SECOND STRATEGY:
We noticed a coincidence….The number of blocks operation (e.g. +6) is a clue that the first step of the 2 step pattern is x6
It’s important to know WHY this works.