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Comparing Fiction and Nonfiction 3rd grade lesson.

I did my first Practicum teaching lesson last week and I think it went very well. My UNC advisor was there to observe and give me feedback.

I was pretty confident since I’ve know the students for also 2 months now, so I wasn’t nervous.

I learned about making these bags from my Science teacher Amy Nichols (awesome teacher by the way) I just thought it would bring some excitement to the lesson, and it did. Ok, maybe too much excitement =)

Some of the feedback I got back from my advisor were:

  • MODEL, show students what you want them to do.
  • Give clear instructions of what you expect from them.
  • ALWAYS find a teaching moment! I used my El Salvador booklet to tell students about my Salvadorian roots, and show them pages of my favorite places there. I also added, that some of the fiction book they where looking at where my son’s. (Their eyes grew wide open) The inevitable question came “Miss you have a son?”
  • MOVE around the classroom, don’t stay in one place.

Made 1 bag for each table (each table had 4 students)

In the surprise bags, I put 2 fiction and 2 non fiction samples, for students to evaluate.

Students wrote characteristics of Fiction and Nonfiction sample in their bags.

Students made a collaborative “T chart” using Post-it’s.

My CT recommended I made my lesson objectives personal, meaning to change the wording to “I will” to make students accountable for what thy were going to learn in my lesson. Make sure to close your lesson by telling asking them if they learn the lesson objectives.

I did put a little bit of myself in my lesson (wink, wink) Mi querido El Salvador.


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This entry was posted on October 21, 2016 by in Español, Practicum, Teaching, Undergraduate and tagged , , , , .




Latina mom, non-traditional student at the University of Northern Colorado. I am working on my degree in Elementary Education with English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement and Bilingual Bicultural (CDL) endorsements. I am Bilingual in English and Spanish. Passionate about Bilingual, Elementary Education, ESL, ELL, Multiculturalism, Biculturalism #education #bilingualkids

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