In this lesson, students will revise key skills commonly assessed in the NAPLAN Reading assessment. They will begin by reviewing comprehension strategies such as main idea, directly stated facts, finding word meaning in context and implied meaning. Students are then given an opportunity to practise their skills by completing a NAPLAN-style activity.
- be able to make use of a range of comprehension strategies to understand the content of texts they read.
- locate facts and details in a print text
- use context and prior knowledge to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words and phrases
- understand implied meaning
- identify the main idea of a text.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian curriculum content descriptions:
Year 3 English:
- Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning and begin to evaluate texts by drawing on a growing knowledge of context, text structures and language features (ACELY1680)
- Identify the audience and purpose of imaginative, informative and persuasive texts (ACELY1678).
Year 4 English:
- Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning to expand content knowledge, integrating and linking ideas and analysing and evaluating texts (ACELY1692).
Syllabus outcomes: EN2-4A
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability
Relevant parts of Year 3 English achievement standards: They read texts that contain varied sentence structures, a range of punctuation conventions, and images that provide extra information. They use phonics and word knowledge to fluently read more complex words. They identify literal and implied meaning connecting ideas in different parts of a text.
Relevant parts of Year 4 English achievement standards: Students understand that texts have different text structures depending on purpose and context. They explain how language features, images and vocabulary are used to engage the interest of audiences. They describe literal and implied meaning connecting ideas in different texts
Unit of work: National Recycling Week – Primary
Time required: 60 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – make use of the Modelled Reading and Think Aloud strategies to demonstrate application of comprehension skills to the class
- National Recycling Week – Teacher Example Text and Questions (printed A3 or projected for the class to view)
- National Recycling Week – Teacher Answers (optional)
- National Recycling Week Sample Script. Protecting the Planet Stimulus Text (one per student)
- Protecting the Planet Question Sheet (one per student – printed separately to the stimulus text)
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- Critical thinking
- Cultural understanding
- Ethical understanding
- Problem solving
Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week started in 1996 to bring a national focus to the environmental benefits of recycling. This highly regarded annual campaign continues to educate and stimulate behaviour change by promoting kerbside, industrial and community recycling initiative. It also gives people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, work and school. In partnership with Planet Ark, we have developed lessons from early learning through to year 10 to help educators bring these important topics into the classroom.
National Recycling Week is held in the second week of November each year but you can recycle all year-round with these lessons which were designed to be used at any time. Click here to find out more about National Recycling Week and the Schools Recycle Right Challenge.