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Reading Informational Texts Using the 3-2-1 Strategy

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Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 45- to 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Melissa Weimer

Waterford, Michigan


International Literacy Association







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Children's magazines and newspapers

Online informational texts

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1. Gather a supply of children's magazines or articles. Articles may be selected from print magazines or online resources.

  • Ask students to bring in children's magazines from home or check your local library for the suggested magazines listed under Children's Magazines and Newspapers.

  • Search local newspapers for articles appropriate for children.

  • Search the Internet for websites that have informational text for kids (see Online Informational Texts for some suggestions).

  • Access online or print encyclopedias.
2. Browse the Online Informational Texts and select one article to use during Session 1. In this example, we are using the article "Polar Bears" from the National Geographic Kids: Creature Feature; however, any informational article can be selected. Make a copy of the article for each student.

3. Bookmark the interactive 3-2-1 Strategy Chart on the computers that students will be using. Students can complete this form online. Note that if multiple students are using the same computer, the chart will need to be cleared before the next student begins, even if it has been closed. To do so, simply press the "Clear Chart" button at the top. If computers are not available, print blank copies of the chart to distribute to students during Session 2.

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