I’m an avid believer in it's not just how much students read that matters, but also what they read. In particular, students need to read and comprehend informational texts as often as they do narrative texts. With that in mind, I created this 102-page Common Core-aligned non-fiction resource that centers all-around animals in winter.
In this packet, you will find nine articles about animals in winter. Students will CLOSELY READ these articles in order to be able to ask and answer questions, develop new vocabulary, and identify the main topic and retell key details. These articles could be read as a whole group, during guided reading, with a partner, or individually. It truly depends on your students’ ability levels!
The articles are written about the following animals:
- Polar Bears
- Arctic Foxes
- Emperor Penguins
- Arctic Ground Squirrels
- Arctic Hares
- Brown Bears
- Humpback Whales
- Snowy Owls
The following are Common Core activities for each standard. These activities can be completed before, during, and after reading the articles:
- Sort It Out – After reading the animal articles, students will determine whether each animal hibernates, migrates, or adapts by sorting a picture of each animal in its correct column.
- I Wonder/I Learned – Prior to reading the article, students will carefully look at the photographs and write questions based on what they see. Then they will closely read the article and determine if any of their questions were answered.
- Read and Ask – An organizer to complete WHILE reading the articles.
- Snapshot Questions – Students choose 1 photograph and ask a question about it – this is a great assessment to see if they understand HOW to ask a question.
- Observe and Infer – Have students look closely at the photograph and record observations about what they see. Then, have them make an inference based on what they observed.
- Animals in Winter Evidence Sheet – Students will closely look at one animal and determine whether it adapts, migrates, or hibernates AND provide evidence.
- Draw About the Animal – Students will draw the animal in its habitat and include important details about that animal.
- Main Topic and Key Details – Students will identify the main topic of the article and then provide key details about the topic as evidence.
- K-W-L chart – Students will write what they know, want to know, and learned about each animal
- Animal Research Report organizer – Students will gather information about one animal and write a research report.
- Nine response sheets for students to complete after reading all about the animals
- Time to Connect – Students will closely read specific sections of the articles and determine the connection between the two animals and will write how they are alike and different on a recording sheet.
- What’s THAT Mean? – In each of the articles, you’ll find challenging vocabulary words in bold. I've created vocabulary cards for each of those bold words, along with some activity sheets to help students solidify their understanding of the meaning of the vocabulary words.
Please view the Preview to get a better idea of what you will find inside! The Preview only shows a PORTION of what is included. FYI: The images are MUCH clearer in the actual download.
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