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Strange Mechanical Things - Day 2

Day 2 - Sharing Background KnowledgeRobotics Learning Objective: The student will know what robots are by sharing background knowledge and gathering information from a variety of sources.

ResourcesMaterials and Resources:

  1. Anticipation Guide (if using): student copies and class copy for bulletin board
    • (Anticipation Guide is in Teacher Resources)
  2. Chart paper & markers
  3. Books on robots and robotics (Bibliography of titles in Teacher Resources.)
  4. List of web sites for student research (See Teacher Resources).


* nb4If doing Anticipation Guide:

  1. Break class into groups of 3-5
  2. Pass out Anticipation Guides
  3. Have students complete individually
  4. Compare responses with group - discuss - reach consensus
  5. Share group consensus with class - record on class Anticipation Guide - reach consensus as a class. Put a /?/ on statements where consensus cannot be reached. You will return to the Anticipation Guide periodically to make revisions as students gain more knowledge.

    Introduce students to resources they can use for their project and, if possible, allow time to begin research.
    At the end of the session, announce that a few humans who know something about robots will talk to the class tomorrow.

Language Arts Extension (for use with students who have had limited experiences with expository text conventions)
See the following links for information on introducing expository text conventions to students:

Exploring Non-Fiction Text Structure
Students go on a scavenger hunt through the books on robotics to find the following non-fiction text features. Discuss the role of these features in reading expository text.

  1. Table of Content
  2. Index
  3. Glossary
  4. Captions
  5. Charts, graphs, labeled drawings, maps, illustrations
  6. Headings and sub- headings
  7. Bold print or italicized words


Reading Non-Fiction Text
Model how reading for information is different from reading fiction text.

  1. We may just read sections of the text and the text does not always have to be read in sequence.
  2. We sometimes scan pages for keywords or headings that may contain helpful information.
  3. We often read at a slower pace and sometimes need to reread to clarify.

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Contact Info

  • Kathleen Letsky, Curriculum Specialist
  • Nathan Patia, STEM Specialist
  • Salvador Cabusi, Technology Specialist
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  • Krause Family Foundation
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Tel: 808.778.1265

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