Do I Still Need a Booster Seat?

Maya wants out. Her mom says she’s not ready yet.

Lexile Level: 620L / Guided Reading Level: P / DRA Level: 38

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Learning Objective

Students will take a side on an engaging topic while practicing opinion writing.

Featured Skill

Main Idea and Supporting Details

Key Skills

Main idea and supporting details, opinion writing

Standards Correlations

This article and lesson support the following standards:

Common Core anchor standards: R.1, R.2, R.6, R.8, W.1, SL.1

TEKS: 3.14, 3.21


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Have students preview the text features. Ask:

  • What are the two opinions people might have about this topic?
  • What is the topic of the debate? (Prompt students to use the debate title and the heading on the chart as clues.)
  • Depending on the reading level of your students, read the debate as a class or break the class into groups.
  • Have students read the debate a second time. Prompt them to highlight evidence supporting each side as they come across it. Using two different colors of highlighters would be useful here.
  • As a class or in groups, have students discuss:
    • Which opinion has the best evidence to support it?
    • Is one side stronger than the other? Why?
    • What is your opinion? What evidence helped you form your opinion?
  • For more advanced readers: Do you think the author has an opinion on this issue? What is your evidence?

Teaching Extras

Different laws for different states

Nearly every state has a different set of laws regarding boosters. It’s worth showing your students this infographic, which illustrates just how complicated the rules are.

Math extention

For a math extension, take a survey of your students to find out who uses a booster seat. (They can put their heads down, close their eyes and raise their hands if they’re reluctant to answer!) Turn your data into a simple bar graph.

A more discreet seat?

Mifold is a discreet seat is one that even booster-averse kids might be interested in: It’s so compact it fits into a backpack. If you have students who say they’re too embarrassed to be seen in a booster, show them this video and see if they change their minds.