Bugs! An ELA Nonfiction Unit About Butterflies, Bees, and Ants
Bugs! An ELA Nonfiction Unit About Butterflies, Bees, and Ants includes over 100 pages with 3 original nonfiction texts, anchor charts, whole group and individual comparing and contrasting activities and interactive notebook graphic organizers to teach main topic and details.
The main focus of this Nonfiction ELA Unit is to teach finding the Main Topic and Details and Comparing and Contrasting information in nonfiction texts.
Three "The Insect Files" Nonfiction Texts are included in this unit. One is about butterflies, one is about bees, and one is about ants. They each have 3 chapters, (Body Structure, Life Cycle, and Fun Facts) an introduction, conclusion, table of contents, page numbers, and captions.
The 3 texts are set up in exactly the same way for student ease-of-use. I usually print copies of the texts so students can interact with book sized copies, but I also project the PDF version on my interactive whiteboard when we read the text whole group so students can see the text features and photographs more clearly.
There are anchor charts and interactive notebook pages to correspond to each Insect Files text, and all of those activities are similar in order for students to learn the same type of information about each insect to find the main topic and details and to later use that information to compare and contrast. The anchor charts included are: Main Topic and Details, Schema and New Learning charts (which can be attached to chart paper so your students can brainstorm all of the prior knowledge they have about each insect and keep track of new learning as they read each chapter/text) for each type of insect, and a Compare and Contrast anchor chart.
The last section of the file gives students an opportunity to practice comparing and contrasting information about insects in a scaffolded manner. Whole group, partner, and individual activities are included.