How Can I Tap Prior Knowledge?

*    Use Graphic Organizers to visualize the structure of the text.

*    Share your own experiences and knowledge about the text.

*    Show pictures or bring in artifacts. A picture (or the real thing) really is worth a thousand words.

*    The Internet is a valuable source for building background knowledge.

*    Use the Scott Foresman background tapes.

*    Discussion. Brainstorm together and complete a concept web or KWL.

*    Read a short selection of related text (poem, picture book,).

*    Have students share with each other what they think they know about the topic. This can be done through discussion, drawing pictures, or a free write.

*    Invite guests from the community to share firsthand knowledge.