This informational text unit on bats was specially designed for close reading lessons with kindergarten and first grade students. What is included?
-17 Informational text articles based on bats.
-2 pages of text dependent questions for each article. The first page contains 3 explicit questions that are easily found in the text. The second page contains 2 writing prompts that require the student to think deeply and synthesize information about the photograph and the essential question. These higher level thinking questions are very similar for each article. The purpose of this format is to help your students become very familiar with the format and expectations as your unit progresses. All of these questions can be answered by individual students, as shared writing experiences, or through class conversations.
-20 full page, beautiful, high resolution photographs (or “posters”). These are perfect for making a class display or to use as a visual aid during class discussions and writing experiences.
-12 ½ page vocabulary “posters” that display vocabulary with a simple definition and a clear photograph example
In this product you will find the following essential questions addressed:
What are bats?
How does a bat’s body help it to fly?
Do bats have fingers?
Are there different kinds of bats?
How do fruit bats find food?
What is echolocation?
How do bats find fish under water?
Where do bats live?
Why do bats hang upside down?
What are pups?
Can baby bats fly?
How do mother bars take care of their pups?
Do bats bite people?
What are flying foxes?
What are “bumblebee bats”?
What is the most common kind of bat?
This unit will give your students exposure to informational text and close reading, practice answering text dependent questions, new vocabulary experiences, and a true understanding of bats. The simple text and rich, high quality photographs make this unit very meaningful for young students!
While some first grade students may be able to read these passages independently, these articles were designed to use with support. By using these passages and activities as shared reading/writing experiences you are able to expose your students to a rigorous, content-rich text. The students will be able to pull information out of the text and answer text dependent questions (even if the Lexile is above their independent reading levels.)
I hope you and your students enjoy this unit as much as I have enjoyed using it in my classroom!
********** Please note- The information in this product is also included in my Bats- Differentiated Close Reading Unit
This unit presents the same information with higher levels of text and vocabulary complexity. If you have advanced students this product may be more appropriate! Please check it out!*****
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