Word Splash (pages 10-15): Word Splash is a strategy to assess the students’ prior knowledge about a topic, as well as check their sentence constructions (using capital letters, periods, writing statements and questions, etc. The students can complete the activity independently, with a partner, or with the whole class.
Fluency Practice (page 32): Discuss with the students what a fluent reader sounds like—using appropriate pacing and expression and reading each word with accuracy. The goal is for the reading to sound like natural speech—the way people talk—not to read as fast as you can!
Model how to read the passage.
Have the students read the passage with you.
Have the students read the passage with a partner.
Set the timer for one minute. Have the students whisper-read to themselves. When the timer sounds, have the students place a bracket (]) around the last word they read. Then write the total words read in the first box at the bottom of the page.
Have the students repeat the above step two more times (for a total of three times). The students should be able to read several more words each time as they become more familiar with the text.
research and writing skills.
Research Report Sheet (page 42): Photocopy this page onto 12” x 18” paper. Using three non-fiction texts on Octopuses, have the students fill out each section of the research report sheet.
Reading each non-fiction text, will take a couple of days (for the shorter texts) and 3-4 days An Octopus is Amazing. For each non-fiction text:
Read the text to the students.
Have the students read the text to themselves.
Ask the students text dependent questions about the text. The students can answer in writing or verbally.
Have the students do a routine writing (page 57-58) about what they have read and learned.
Complete the Research Report Form for each text
On a sticky note, have the students make a writing plan for each section.
After the students have made their plan, have them write their paragraph on the flat diorama. (Diorama is on pages 43-44). The diorama should be enlarged and photocopied, back-to-back, onto 12” x 18” construction paper. Cut the diorama out and fold on the fold lines. Students write in each section.)
After the students have filled out the diorama, they draw a sea-life background on the blank triangle.
Laminate the dioramas, then cut on the solid line.
Fold the decorated triangle over the shaded triangle and staple into place.
Have the students make a clay octopus to add to their diorama!
How to Use This Publication
Directions for the Activities
An Octopus is Amazing (cover for student packets)
Key Vocabulary (cut and paste)
Other Vocabulary (matching, complete the sentence)
Vocabulary Bingo (bingo playing cards and calling cards)
Word Search (key and other vocabulary)
How Well Did You Read?
Describe an Octopus
Label the Octopus
Research Report on an Octopus
Annotating a Text
Text Dependent Question
Lined Writing Paper
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