Building Prior Knowledge in the Content Areas

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    • 00:10

      JAN EVANS: You live in Texas.Raise your hand if you live in Texas.OK, we all live in?

    • 00:17

      STUDENTS: Texas.

    • 00:18

      JAN EVANS: That's right.And so we're going to talk about what grows on a farm in Texas.Oh, we're raising our hand.Yes ma'am?

    • 00:28

      JAN EVANS: Apples.

    • 00:29

      JAN EVANS: Will you take those lids off for me?Apples, A-P-P-L-E-S. Apples.That's sort of an apple.OK, what's another one?What else grows?

    • 00:48

      STUDENT: Corn.

    • 00:49

      JAN EVANS: Corn, exactly.I used to grow corn on my farm.And they would get really, really tall.Do you ever buy corn at the store?

    • 01:00

      STUDENTS: Yes.

    • 01:01

      STUDENT: I like corn.They're yummy.

    • 01:03

      JAN EVANS: I like corn.Think of another thing.

    • 01:06

      STUDENT: Flowers grow, like the flower bluebonnets.

    • 01:13

      JAN EVANS: That's right, the bluebonnets grow in Texas.

    • 01:15

      STUDENT: But no one can take them out,or else you go in jail.

    • 01:19

      JAN EVANS: And if you have a big farm,you might have a lot of bluebonnetsall around the edges.

    • 01:26

      STUDENT: You can eat them.

    • 01:27

      JAN EVANS: Sell them, they can eat them.

    • 01:28

      STUDENT: It's a long word.

    • 01:30

      JAN EVANS: It's a long word.Look, sunflowers put together.It's a long word.

    • 01:38

      STUDENT: I got one word.

    • 01:39

      STUDENT: Oh my god.

    • 01:40

      JAN EVANS: We're going to do one more.Who hasn't given me something that grows on a farm?

    • 01:46

      STUDENT: Carrots?

    • 01:47

      JAN EVANS: Yes, ma'am.Carrots.And one more.What would they grow on a farm?

    • 01:56

      STUDENT: Pears?

    • 01:57

      JAN EVANS: Pears, that's a good one.

    • 01:59

      STUDENTS: Pears!

    • 02:01

      STUDENT: That's what I said, pears.

    • 02:03

      STUDENT: Wheat.

    • 02:04

      JAN EVANS: What color is an apple?

    • 02:06

      STUDENTS: Red.

    • 02:07

      JAN EVANS: That's right, apples are red.

    • 02:10

      STUDENTS: Yellow and green.

    • 02:11

      JAN EVANS: But you know what?They're not just red.Let's get ready for our lesson, 10 Red Apples by Pat Hutchins.

Building Prior Knowledge in the Content Areas

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Teacher Jan Evans demonstrates introducing a lesson using students' prior knowledge.

Building Prior Knowledge in the Content Areas

Teacher Jan Evans demonstrates introducing a lesson using students' prior knowledge.

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