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LESSON 27 TEACHER’S GUIDE

Always Learning
by Gloria Ríos

Fountas-Pinnell Level K
Informational Text
Selection Summary
Readers are introduced to the idea that learning is a life long
adventure and can take place at every age.

Number of Words: 392

Characteristics of the Text


Genre • Informational Text
Text Structure • Description
Content • Learning different things at different ages
• Learning by oneself or from others
Themes and Ideas • People at any age can learn new things.
• People learn things in different ways.
Language and • Straightforward language
Literary Features • Many examples
Sentence Complexity • Some simple sentences: People are always learning.
• Some longer sentences: She also knows how to add and subtract in her head to be sure
she gets the right change at stores.
Vocabulary • Words relating to growing up: babies, older, children, parents, teachers, teens, adults,
grandparents
• Words relating to learning: exploring, studies, puzzles, teach, homework, taught, master,
help
Words • High frequency words: always, different, enough, happy, high, near, once, stories
• Some more challenging words: bicycle, subtract, master
• Word in all capital letters for emphasis: ALWAYS!
Illustrations • Pictures support each page of text.
Book and Print Features • Nine pages of text, illustrations on every page
• Seven to nine lines of text on a page
• Three and four-line sentences, some starting mid-line
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Always Learning by Gloria Ríos

Build Background
Read the title to children and ask them what the characters are doing on the front cover.
Encourage children to use their knowledge of learning and growing up to think about the
book. Anticipate the text with questions such as these: How do you learn? How do babies
learn? What can older people learn?

Introduce the Text


Guide children through the text, noting important ideas and helping with unfamiliar
language and vocabulary so they can read the text successfully. Here are some
suggestions:
Pages 2–3: Explain that this book tells about people learning different things at
different ages.
Suggested language: Look at the pictures on pages 2 and 3. The book says:
Babies learn by exploring. What is the baby in these pictures learning about?
Page 5: Remind children that they can use information in the pictures to help them
read. What is this boy learning to do? Have you learned how to ride a bicycle?
How did it feel once you were riding the bicycle on your own?
Page 6: Have children look at the picture and then find the word subtract on the
page. Do you know how to add and subtract? When you buy something in a store,
why is it important to know how to add and subtract?
Page 9: On page 9, you can see this man reading about his computer. He wants to
master his new machine. What new skill do you want to learn really well?
Now go back to the beginning and read to find out how people of all ages are
always learning.

Learn More Words


bicycle master subtract

Grade 1 2 Lesson 27: Always Learning


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Read
Have children read Always Learning silently while you listen to individual children read.
Support their problem solving and fluency as needed.

Respond to the Text


Personal Response
Ask children to share their personal responses to the book. Begin by asking what they
liked best about the book, or what they found most interesting.
Suggested language: What did you learn about learning that you didn’t know before?

Ways of Thinking
As you discuss the text, help children understand these teaching points:
Thinking Within the Text Thinking Beyond the Text Thinking About the Text
• People start learning when they • People at any age can learn new • The author uses details to tell
are babies, exploring their world. things. about learning at different ages.
• Children learn by playing; they • People learn things in different • A family is used to show how
also need help to learn some ways. people learn at different ages.
things, such as reading, writing,
• People can be good teachers at
and bike riding.
many different ages.
• Adults know how to do many
things, but they can keep
learning, all their lives.
© 2006. Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency, Heinemann, Portsmouth, N.H.

Choices for Support


Fluency
Invite children to choose a passage from the text to read aloud. Remind children to use
rising and falling tones in a way that is related to text meaning and punctuation. Model
how to read sentences ending with exclamation points with enthusiasm.

Phonics and Word Work


Provide practice as needed with words and sounds, using one of the following activities:
• Clapping Syllables Have children hear and say syllables in words from the book:
people, baby, puzzles, bicycle, subtract, homework, computer, etc. Have them clap on
each syllable: peo-ple, ba-by, puz-zles, bi-cy-cle, sub-tract, home-work, com-pu-ter,
etc.
• Possessives Have children find possessives, such as Lisa’s mother and Hector’s
big sister in Always Learning. Remind them that ‘s is added to words to show that
something belongs to someone or something else. Help them find or make other
possessive phrases from the book, such as Ana’s mother or Grandpa’s computer.

Grade 1 3 Lesson 27: Always Learning


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Writing About Reading
Critical Thinking
Read the directions for children on BLM 27.9 and guide them in answering the questions.

Responding
Read aloud the questions at the back of the book and help children complete the activities.

Target Comprehension Skill


Text and Graphic Features Remind children to think about how words
work with art. Model how to think about this skill:

Think Aloud

When I look at the picture on page 5, I can see an older girl helping a boy
ride his bicycle. I know from the picture that this page is going to be
about a boy learning to ride a bike. An older girl is helping him.
Knowing this makes it easier for me to read the words on this page
and understand them.

Practice the Skill


Have children choose another picture in the book and tell how it helps them understand
the words on the page.

Writing Prompt
Read aloud the following prompt. Have children draw and write their response, using the
writing prompt on page 6.
In this book, people of all ages are learning things. What is one thing that you would like
to learn? Write a paragraph. Tell what you want to learn and why.

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English Language Learners
Front-Load Vocabulary Make sure children know the meaning of exploring, puzzles,
change, and machine.

Oral Language Development


Check the children’s comprehension, using a dialogue that best matches their
English proficiency level. Speaker 1 is the teacher, Speaker 2 is the child.
Beginning/ Early Intermediate Intermediate Early Advanced/ Advanced
Speaker 1: What does Hector learn to Speaker 1: When do people start Speaker 1: How do babies learn?
ride? learning?
Speaker 2: Babies learn by
Speaker 2: bicycle Speaker 2: when they are babies exploring and they learn from
their families.
Speaker 1: How do teens earn money? Speaker 1: What does Ana’s mother
learn from her dad? Speaker 1: What does Grandpa
Speaker 2: jobs
do when he doesn’t know
Speaker 2: how to fix things
Speaker 1:What is Grandpa trying to something about his computer?
learn?
Speaker 2: He asks someone in
Speaker 2: to use a computer his family for help.

Lesson 27
BLACKLINE MASTER 27.9
Name

Think About It
Always Learning
Think About It

Write an answer to the question. Responses may vary.

1. What helps people of all ages learn?

People learn from other people, both

older and younger. People learn by

trying new things.

Making Connections Think about something you


learned from someone in your family. Write some
sentences that tell what you learned and from
whom.

Read directions to children.


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Grade 1 5 Lesson 27: Always Learning


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Name Date

Always Learning
In this book, people of all ages are learning
things. What is one thing that you would like to learn?
Write a paragraph. Tell what you want to learn and why.

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Lesson 27
BLACKLINE MASTER 27.9
Name

Think About It
Always Learning
Think About It

Write an answer to the question.

1. What helps people of all ages learn?

Making Connections Think about something you


learned from someone in your family. Write some
sentences that tell what you learned and from
whom.

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Lesson 27
Student Date BLACKLINE MASTER 27.14

Always Learning • LEVEL K Always Learning


Running Record Form

page Selection Text Errors Self-Corrections

4 Older children learn in many

different ways. Children can

learn by playing. They learn

how to do puzzles and how to

play games. They learn to run

and jump and climb. Hector

has learned to use his arms and

legs to climb up high.

5 Children need help to learn

some things.

Comments: Accuracy Rate Self-Correction


(# words read Rate
correctly/51 × 100) (# errors + #
% Self-Corrections/
Self-Corrections)
1:

Behavior Code Error Behavior Code Error


1413376

Substitution cut 1
Read word correctly ✓ 0 cat
cat
Self-corrects cut sc 0
cat
Repeated word, ® 0
sentence, or phrase cat Insertion the 1
cat


Omission cat 1 Word told T 1
cat

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