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Select a nonfiction book about an animal that interests you. Keep in mind your reading levels, but you are not limited to your level. Read the book and create a thinking map using Popplet. Model your map after the one below. Yours doesn’t have to be the same, you can organize your thinking however works for you.
Description: This lesson is student centered due to students selecting their topic based on interest. They also chose their research tools and select books based not just on reading levels, but their desire to read. Once they have finished reading, they create their movie to teach others. Their tool is also self selected based on their comfort level and what they feel works best for their topic.
Students will be using the Popplet brain mapping program to record their learning and organize it to make sense. Recording their information in like categories helps them to develop ideas, which will make it easier to make their script in the next step. Popplet is an easy program to use, simply touching the bubbles adds more, you can change colors, drag to new positions, and add images as well. It allows creativity, while keeping students on target with recordingneeded information. The sample shown can be recreated by students, or they can make their own. By giving them an example they are able to have a concrete starting point, and make it easier to build their own important information from this starting point.
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