GEDB Australian Animal Research: Boxes and Bullets (Lesson 1 of 4)
Students will read through a nonfiction text picking out key ideas and details. Students will create their own note taking sheet using boxes and bullets based on teacher modeling. This lesson was developed by Sara Kull as part of their completion of the North Carolina Global Educator Digital Badge program. This lesson plan has been vetted at the local and state level for standards alignment, Global Education focus, and content accuracy.
Students will read through a nonfiction text picking out key ideas and details. Students will create their own note taking sheet using boxes and bullets based on teacher modeling.
Learning Targets and Criteria for Success
Students will research an animal in Australia.
Students will be able to identify main idea and key details.
Students will be able to summarize nonfiction text.
Students will be able to determine the meaning of academic and domain specific words and phrases.
Students will be able to build knowledge of a topic by integrating information from two texts.
Nonfiction books on Australia or another continent depending on classroom focus; nonfiction books/articles on animals; computer with Internet access; colored paper for taking notes (optional); example of boxes and bullet organizer
Learning Tasks and Practice
Teacher will use a nonfiction text, such as Trueflix; Australia and Oceania, to introduce how to research and find main idea and details on a topic.
Teacher will remind students of the teaching point after reading a few pages of the text.
Teaching Point: Readers summarize chunks of text by pausing and saying to themselves “What is the one big thing that this text is teaching, and how do all the other details connect?”
Teacher will model boxes and bullets using the nonfiction text and student input. The organizer will be drawn on chart paper for modeling.
Students will draw their own boxes and bullets organizer on paper.
Teacher will show the students examples of Australian animals using the pictures in nonfiction books/articles.
Students will choose their Australian animal, by writing down their top choices on a piece of paper. The teacher will collect and review their choices.
Each student will be assigned an animal to do their research on.
Students will look through their books and fill in the student made organizer following the teacher model of main idea and details (boxes and bullets).
Students will research their animal and complete the organizer. They will need to create a new box for each new main idea.
Collecting and Documenting Evidence of Learning
Student notes and informal assessments by the teacher will be used throughout the lesson.
Extended Learning Opportunities
For lower level students, a teacher created note-taking guide can be used to scaffold the note taking process.
For higher-level students, students can be encouraged to go above and beyond the basic level of main idea and details of their animals. They may choose to research more thank one animal or even the habitat and animal impact on the habitat.