Kelli Cannon’s fourth grade classroom learned about different breeds of spiders last week as they demonstrated that they could summarize a nonfiction text.

Mrs. Cannon began her lesson by introducing the learning target, success criteria, and performance of understanding to her students. She then explained the assignment, which was for each student to pick a specific type of spider to research and then to fill out a “web” about the details of the story. The students’ final assignment was to take the information they wrote on their web and turn it into a one sentence summary about the story.

As the students researched their chosen breed of spider, they were incorporating the Wonders program, a new reading program at Franklin Elementary. Wonders is a comprehensive program that helps to teach through its instruction, content, and utilization of technology. Students were able to learn about their specific spider through the program’s virtual and physical books.

Through both utilizing the Wonders program and recognizing the success criteria, Mrs. Cannon’s students were able to achieve their learning target of summarizing a nonfiction text.

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