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Listen, Look, and Learn: An Information-Gathering Process

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Listen, Look, and Learn: An Information-Gathering Process

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Minilesson
Estimated Time 30 minutes
Lesson Author

Janie Schomberg

Janie Schomberg

Urbana, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology






  • Score One For The Sloths by Helen Lester (Houghton Mifflin, 2001)

  • Animal Specialists by Nathan Aaseng (Lerner Publications, 1987)

  • "Sloth" in World Book Student Discovery Encyclopedia, Vol. 10, p. 121 (World Book, Inc., 2000)

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Information Wheel

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  • Gather resources listed in the Resources section.

  • The diagram of a sloth can either be projected directly from a computer or printed out and made into a transparency for overhead projection.

  • Create an information wheel by drawing a large circle on poster board, following the model Information Wheel provided:

    1. Divide the circle into 3 large pie pieces. The three sections should be labeled, each with a different question:

      • Where does it live?

      • What does it look like?

      • What does it do?

    2. "Topic: Sloth" should be printed in large letters above the wheel.

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