Just in time for Halloween or just because they are cool! I designed this unit for several reasons. First, this year I have been blessed with a group who cannot get enough of non-fiction! They LOVE it! So, I designed this unit to not only cultivate the love of non-fiction, but to begin introducing my children to close reading.
In this packet you will find:
-a “Read Aloud” explaining “close reading” in a way for children to understand the goal/learning target for close reading
-4 different topics on bats reading passages (including 3 levels of each passage, so that is 12 passages in all); Topics: Bats, Bat Food, Bat Bodies, and Echolocation.
-12 “chit chat” type messages for some of the above listed topics (4 in each reading level for a total of 12)
-A Bat comprehension multiple choice quiz for each level.
-bat circle map (color and black and white)
-journal for recording facts and observations
-Bats “can, have, are” chart (color and black and white)
-real vs make believe Venn diagram
- Microbat vs. Megabat Venn diagram
-12 vocabulary word posters/anchor chart (full page) for the most important of the vocabulary words
-Picture, word, definition pocket chart matching activity with response sheet
-vocabulary research cards and response sheet
-vocabulary words cards for your word wall or pocket chart (word and picture)
-Discussion starter cards for activities like “Think, Pair, Share”
-“Bat Research”-In this section, I have included cards for the children to pick one and corresponding fact page about the bat on the card for 13 different bats for your little learners to “research” and write about.
-research fact pages to record their findings on
-16 “Bat picture” writing prompts to spur your students into writing about what they see in the picture and explain key facts that they would have found in their reading
-ABC order activity for the vocabulary- cards and response sheet
-Unscrambling and defining the vocabulary activity- cards and response sheet
-counting syllables in the vocabulary words pocket chart activity and response sheet
-True or false pocket chart activity
-Teeny Tiny vocabulary (“I spy”) sheets and response sheet (vocabulary center activity)
- “Write the Room” center time activity and response sheet
What a fun way to embed science into your reading curriculum! This unit will introduce your children to nonfiction “close reading” with an awesome high interest topic like bats!
Common Core standards:
SL.K.1 I can participate conversations with my friends.
SL.K.4 I can describe things and events.
SL.K6 I can be understood when I speak in class.
RL.1.1 I can ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
RL.K 4 I can ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.
RL.1.2 I can identify the main topic and key details in a text.
RL.1.7 I can use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.
RL.1.10 I can read informational texts.
W.1.2 I can write informational pieces that have a beginning, some facts and an ending.
W.18 I can recall or gather information from a text to answer a question.