Connect: After using the "What Makes You Say That?" routine with my 4th graders surrounding a Volcanoes book, I decided it might be interesting to use the same idea with a 2nd grade reading group. This is an interesting group to work with because it is three boys, two of whom are ELA students. Although this text was a very simple fiction story about the "Fixit Family," I thought it presented an opportunity to make a prediction and then dive into the information the students used from the text to "make them say that."
Extend: The most interesting, and surprising, outcome of doing this simple routine with this specific group of students was the formative assessment it became for me. This group of boys fearlessly dove into using the graphic organizer to capture their thinking, and made attempts at using the language of the book in their predictions and explanations. Even without the support of the spelling in the story (they did this with the books closed), they used other information to help them in supporting their thinking. They even wrote their answers using complete sentences, re-writing the sentence stems in each of the thought bubbles (without being told to do so)! I was so impressed, and realized this was a direct reflection of the writing they have been doing in their regular classrooms! And... their predictions were spot on!
Challenge: In the future I would push myself to use this routine with this same group of boys, but in a text in which they would have to infer more deeply. This prediction was very surface-level, but it did give me some important information about their vocabulary use in English, as well as their success with using English language sentence structure- really important aspects of reading instruction and speaking that I often overlook!