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Critical Reading – Plants Unit

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Inquiry into plants

Many teachers and students use inquiry to uncover important ideas about plants. In order to support both  the teachers and the students, we are developing a concept based inquiry into plants.

The first of our resources for this concept pack is a critical reading resource

Let it Grow (plants)– Critical reading Book Discussion cards

Using this resource students can use reading to

  • Explore concepts related to the topic
  • Explore Attitudes and interests connected to reading and plants
  • Develop action taking options 
  • Develop critical reading skills and strategies

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Inquiry into plants

Many teachers and students use inquiry to uncover important ideas about plants. In order to support both  the teachers and the students, we are developing a concept based inquiry into plants.

The first of our resources for this concept pack is a critical reading resource

Let it Grow (plants)– Critical reading Book Discussion cards

Using this resource students can use reading to

  • Explore concepts related to the topic
  • Explore Attitudes and interests connected to reading and plants
  • Develop action taking options 
  • Develop critical reading skills and strategies

Let it Grow (plants)– Critical reading Book Discussion cards can be used in conjunction with the Peer Reading Strategy Document

Being a critical reader means looking at the elements and ideas we can see represented in text and illustrations, to enable the reader to build conceptual understandings. Critical reading is also about taking note of the parts or ideas that are hidden in texts and illustrations. It is wondering about the why of the book/text, wondering about what is and isn’t visible, what is absent but implicit. It is being aware that authors’ and illustrators’ beliefs and perspectives will influence the texts.

Reading that supports critical thinking requires the reader to make connections and understand that there can be more than one idea, answer or perspective in any given text or that can be found represented in other texts. Critical thinking is about finding ways of solving problems by making connections and being thoughtful of all the seen and hidden ideas.

In our daily lived lives, critical thinking can help us take action in ways that is respectful of our self and others.