We know we need to integrate more nonfiction text into our literacy instruction, but how? I developed this simple, user-friendly graphic organizer format when I realized I needed to provide my students with more exposure to nonfiction (without the 1980s textbook questions!). My ELLs needed a familiar format to be successful with complex texts. 54321 can be used with any nonfiction text. This set includes my original 54321, as well as two alternate versions and an blank version. The scaffolded reference sheets are great as mini-lesson, interactive notebook, anchor chart, or addition to a readers' notebook.
The 54321 graphic organizers focus on these concepts:
-cause and effect
-nonfiction text features
-higher-level thinking questions
-types of print
Included in this set:
-Three versions of 54321
-One blank template of 54321
-Scaffolded reference sheets (three versions)
-BONUS! A list of my favorite free websites for nonfiction resources
The best part? 54321 is PRINT AND GO DIFFERENTIATION! You can print the same 54321 graphic organizer and give students texts at their level! This is a simple and seamless way to differentiate for your readers. Included in the list of resources are websites that level the same article, so you can still have whole-class discussions!
The possibilities are endless for integrating 54321 in your literacy instruction. I've used it in the following ways, but the only limit is your creativity!
-nonfiction text study
-current event assignments
-early finisher activity (I suggest allowing text selection for this)
-social studies/science integration
-welcome work (morning work)
-Time for Kids/Scholastic News activity