Thanksgiving Reading Unit-
The purpose of this unit is to integrate many of the reading strategies that good readers use seamlessly.
Unfortunately, over the past few years I have noticed that strategies and skills were taught in isolation. As a result, my students would ask questions like, “Am I supposed to predict now or do you want me to ask questions?” Ack!
This has led to a shift in my thinking, which is to teach more thematically, focusing on integrating several (or all) of the strategies in one unit. This will help model how to become a good reader for students and teach them how to use all of the strategies to help them better understand the text.
While this unit does not cover all the standards, it does expose students to several of the Common Core Standards (7 different ELA standards total).
To update this unit I have included additional practice sheets that would be perfect for small guided reading groups and eventually independent practice. These additional practice sheets match the lessons and would be perfect for allowing several opportunities to practice these skills in another setting.
Included is a 34 page document with seven days of mini lessons that focus on three books (The First Thanksgiving by Hayward, The First Thanksgiving by Jackson, and Thank You, Sarah Hale By Laurie Halse Anderson.
This unit focuses on nonfiction text and covers:
*Using Prior Knowledge
*Inferring Character Traits
*Finding the Main Idea and Supporting Details
*Recalling Explicit Facts
This packet 34 page includes
*Related Third Grade Common Core Standards
*A Note to the Teacher
*Seven days of 20-35 minute mini lessons with photographs
*7 Anchor charts to copy or enlarge
*1 student character analysis web for partner work
* 4 sheets for additional practice sheets that can apply to any text
*Credits and a thank you page