UNDERSTANDING & Instruction. Using a schema chart with your students can help them build knowledge in that area by discovering new learning, questions and misconceptions related to the topic. Fluent readers “make connections among the ideas in the text and between the text and their background knowledge” which facilitates comprehension (PRF, p. 19). This type of knowledge building helps students make meaningful connections (text to text, text to self, text to world).

Love this example of a schema chart (schema, new learning, questions, misconeptions)

INSTRUCTION. Knowledge building circles are a great way to develop knowledge, skills and interest in a topic. They help support student learning and can be done through inquiry. This activity explains how to conduct a inquiry knowledge building circle and provides useful steps educators can follow in order to implement this in their own classrooms. Knowledge building circles are an effective instructional when doing inquiry and also simply for building student knowledge.

Talking Inquiry - Knowledge Building Circles

Learn how to use knowledge building circles in the classroom to support student learning through inquiry!

Instruction. Teachers can use their schools monthly Character Traits (or create their own) as a lens for building knowledge and engaging in inquiry. That trait will serve as an anchor that the teacher and children use to investigate and generate knowledge surrounding that trait. This effectively produces and builds knowledge in students.

Use monthly Character Traits as an opportunity to build students' inquiry skills.

Instruction. Schema charts are a fabulous instructional tool to help our students build knowledge. As children ask questions and discover misconceptions, they develop appropriate knowledge related to that topic. Thus, making this an effective instructional approach for building knowledge.

I love the idea of a "Schema File." When students read nonfiction, they don't understand that the real purpose of doing so is not to answer test questions but to build a schema file.

Understanding & Instruction. Teachers should be explicit about facts and opinions because the difference may not be understood by students. Using “a tree can help children visualize and organize information” (CTW, p. 131).

UNDERSTANDING: Students share what they know and what they "think" they know.

Instruction & Assessment. "KWL Chart" is a useful tool that provides students with the opportunity to share and develop knowledge. Through this process, the teacher can use this information to serve as a form of assessment related to student understanding in that area.

---> "KWL Chart" is powerful graphic organizer that encourages students to share their ideas, experiences, and information, as well as reflect on their learning.

Understanding & Instruction. "Read All About It!" is a classroom news board that helps foster critical thinking and development of knowledge. Through exposure to local news and school events, student build and share knowledge with their peers.

" is a classroom news board that helps foster critical thinking and development of knowledge. Through exposure to local news and school events, student build and share knowledge with their peers.

ASSESSMENT & Instruction. Students can build knowledge by comparing and contrasting different objects while also promoting critical thinking skills. In this activity, students discuss the difference between "comparing" and "contrasting" is and then engage in actually comparing and contrasting objects. These discussion and presentations of knowledge serve as an effective assessment of student knowledge development in that area.

Comparing and contrasting to promote critical thinking

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