In response to the common core standards requirement to utilize complex text in my first grade classroom, I've put together this packet to analyze figurative language and the use of illustrations to understand the text.
Included in this packet are four days of read aloud lessons that correspond to the text, Quick As A Cricket by Audrey Wood.
Embedded in each lesson is a simple five step lesson plan that includes reading, speaking, listening and a writing extension.
DAY 1: Collaborative grouping activity on attributes of animals; Description sort in a pocket chart, oral reading of the text
DAY 2: Word study: short vowel words in close text, introduction to figurative language; text dependent questions
DAY 3: Mental imaging review, model marking the text for descriptive language, rhyming patterns, text dependent questions
DAY 4: Introduction to opposites (antonyms), close text analysis, Opposites collaborative grouping activity
Thinking map worksheet
2 different final copies, one for grade level writers, and one for above grade level writers that includes using the story structure to create their finished work.
**UPDATE- I added a small group activity for shades of meaning!**
If you like using complex text reading units with your littles, you might be interested in my other offerings!
BEGINNING FIRST GRADE
Fire! Fire! is a great unit to use with first graders in October. We used this one in the run up to having firefighters visit the classroom, or even after visiting a firehouse. We used Robert Munsch's 'The Fire Station' and Gail Gibbons' 'Fire! Fire!' to work on comprehension and sequencing. I tied in work on blends, and making tens in math too! We even did a science experiment on how to put out fires! This is a jam packed unit that is really versatile. We love using it yearly!
MID FIRST GRADE
George, Abe, and Barack is a must use in February in my first grade classroom! I love teaching social studies and tying this unit into additional fluency on the presidents! In this unit, the students learn about George Washington and Abe Lincoln through their biographies. They read 'Of Thee I Sing' which is Barack Obama's book for his daughters that includes the stories of many different influential Americans. It is a great way to work on fact and opinion and vocabulary while working on social studies and discussing people who made a positive impact on our country.
Tomas and the Library Lady is a great little story about a boy who moves from Mexico and makes a meaningful connection to reading through his family and a relationshp with a librarian. I use this text when I am teaching biographies, but I've also used it during Hispanic American Heritage Month. Just depends on the year. The students work on story elements, text dependent questions and a class book! It's a great little unit.
LATE FIRST GRADE/EARLY SECOND
In the spring, I use Kitten's First Full Moon to analyze story structure and cause and effect. Students also work on reviewing roots and suffixes and discuss main ideas and details. It is a great tie in with any unit on earth space.
Zin, Zin, Zin A Violin is a wonderful rhyming story about orchestras and counting! The students learn all about different instruments why working on summarizing, main idea and context vocabulary. It's a wonderful way to integrate music into your lessons! There is a fun violin craft that we made that tied in non-standard measurement! Fantastic integration ideas!
How People Learned to Fly is one of my favorite units to teach! Its is differentiated and full of resources for first and second graders! I love the science connections that we make and the additional fluency passages that are in it. The students focus on fables, main idea and vocabulary in this unit. We also learned about The Wright Brothers and flying. You don't want to miss this one in the spring!