Kate Winn Vocabulary & Comprehension Lesson 1: Shi-shi-etko by Nicola I. Campbell

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In this vocabulary and comprehension lesson, Ontario Teacher Kate Winn provides a step-by-step lesson plan designed to increase and enhance vocabulary and comprehension. Using the picture book Shi-shi-etko by Nicola I. Campbell, this lesson plan provides detailed, explicit instruction on using vocabulary from the book and includes the blackline master for a follow-up writing activity.

Curriculum Connection

This lesson plan supports the explicit teaching of tier 2 vocabulary words. While designed in conjunction with a specific picture book, the lesson plan can be easily followed with similar texts. 

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  1. This is a well-laid-out vocabulary lesson. There are lots of strategies in it that are outlined in the book “Bringing Words to Life”. I like how the lesson plan is laid out in the Before, During, and After sections and then adds on consolidation and assessment options as well. I appreciate the effort to bring awareness to more indigenous books.

  2. I love this vocabulary and comprehension lesson by Kate Winn. It provides great examples of how to teach tier 2 words within a read aloud. I used this lesson last year with my grade 2/3 class!

  3. Love these lessons and Kate’s book choices. Great examples of how we can ensure those tier 2 vocabulary words are explicitly taught during read alouds.

  4. It is a great lesson, and I don’t know if the author engaged in any consultation. It would be amazing, respectful, to seek consultation with Indigenous leads in school boards, Indigenous communities, and community members, before sharing lessons that connect with Indigenous contexts, stories, People.

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