Topic Courage
Subject Language Arts
Grades Primary
Overview: This lesson series strengthens students’ reading comprehension by requiring them to read an independent text and share a summary of that text with an audience for a specific purpose. Theses lessons were used to introduce the stock/flow diagram, which was later used by these students as a tool to share findings from their individual research. Examining a thematic issue such as courage from multiple sources and perspectives gave students sufficient common content to apply the stock/flow map as a generic literature tool.
ST Concepts & Habits Habits of a Systems Thinker:

  • Surfaces and tests assumptions
  • Changes perspectives to increase understanding
ST Tools
  • Stock/Flow maps
  • Behavior–over–time graphs
  • Relate information and events in a reading selection to life experiences and life experiences to the text.
  • Identify cause and effect of specific events in a literary selection
  • Ask relevant questions in order to comprehend text

Implemented by: Sheri Marlin

Submitted by: Borton Elementary School

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