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Reading is a smooth operation for Havel students
Reading is a smooth operation for Havel students
Posted on 01/17/2022
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A group of Havel Elementary students recently learned the importance of dissecting what you read.

Students donned lab coats and went to work as forensic analysts to learn how different text features in nonfiction literature are important to getting the most of what you read.

The students had a blast becoming surgeons and learning about different text features,” teacher Benjamin Pado said.  “It was awesome to see the enjoyment in their faces, and the smiles as they performed surgery on patients.”  

Borrowing white shirts from mom and dad, the students set to study how 12 different text features common in nonfiction books.

The mini medical professionals operated on several patients to see how with a little minor surgery, they can help others become better for readers.

For instance: Susan was a 38-year-old reader with a unique ailment: she could not understand the meaning of some of the words she read. The remedy – the transplant Susan needed was a glossary.

In another example: Jaden Jones, 72, said he cannot identify where something is located in the world. A simple surgery – insert a map into his reading library.

“After every patient was taken care of, students had to fill out a post-op report on the patients they visited,” Pado said. “The post-op report focused on why we needed the text feature. Students had to explain the importance of each text feature, and how the patient can use it.”  

Pado said he wanted third graders to learn the importance of different features in non-fiction text they might otherwise skip over in reading.

The reason why I chose to do this unit with all my third graders is to help them understand that text features enhance understanding of what they are reading,” Pado said. “Often, students skip certain text features when they are reading, and missing important information that could enhance their learning.”