A. Reviewing Learning Targets (5 minutes)
- Tell students that today they will complete a formal assessment in which they will do on their own much of what they have been practicing:
– Examine and make inferences about a diagram in an informational text.
– Read an informational text.
– Identify and record the main idea in the graphic organizer.
– Answer questions that are dependent on the text.
- Remind them that they will need to refer to the text in order to answer the questions thoroughly.
- Encourage the students to do their best. Let them know that this is a chance to show what they know and how much effort they are making to read carefully and identify important details in an informational text. This also is an opportunity to discover even more about animal defense mechanisms.
- Ask the students to read the first two learning targets silently:
* “I can make inferences about caterpillar defense mechanisms by examining articles that include text and diagrams.”
* “I can determine the main idea of a text on caterpillar defense mechanisms.”
- Have them give a thumbs-up if they are clear on what they will be expected to do, a thumbs-sideways if they understand part but not all of what to do, and a thumbs-down if they are very unsure about what they should do. Address any clarifying questions before beginning the assessment.