This HUGE unit is truly the only resource you need to teach your primary students about the desert habitat and desert animals!
This unit is organized into 6 topics: the desert, camels, meerkats, fennec foxes, ostriches, and scorpions.
There are 3 informational text articles provided for each topic (18 articles total). These articles can be used as individual close reading texts or can be put together to make a complete book. High quality photographs engage students and enhance their learning. These articles provide detailed information in a simple, basic format.
Each article is focused on one essential question. The essential questions include:
-What is the desert?
-Are all deserts the same?
-How do plants live in the desert?
-What are camels?
-Why do camels have humps?
-How does a camel's body help it in the desert?
-What are meerkats?
-What is a clan?
-What is a territory?
-What are fennec foxes?
-What do fennecs like to do?
-What do fennecs eat?
-What are ostriches?
-How do ostriches travel?
-Do ostriches really stick their heads in the sand?
-What are scorpions?
-How are scorpions different than spiders?
-Are scorpions poisonous?
After each article you will find a page of 3 simple, explicit, text dependent questions. There is also 1 page that includes 2 writing prompts that ask students to summarize and synthesize their learning by evaluating both the photographs and the text.
These reading and writing tasks are designed to give young students complex information in a simple, student friendly format. These tasks may be achieved through shared reading and writing, small group activities, or individual student work. (Detailed instructions are provided). This is an excellent way to expose developing readers and writers to rigorous tasks.
The articles make excellent close reading texts and are closely aligned to the kindergarten and first grade standards. While students may be able to read these texts independently, they were designed to be read with support (through shared reading experiences).
Also included in this product:
-12 beautiful, high quality posters/photographs- These are highly engaging and sure to support your instruction in many ways.
*Please note: all photographs used in this product were purchased with commercial licenses. They are very crisp, high resolution photos.
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**Please note: I offer another product in my store that presents the same basic information written on higher levels of text and vocabulary complexity. If you have students that would benefit from a more complex reading experience please consider Desert Animals- Nonfiction Differentiated Close Reading Unit
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For information and resources to support close reading in kindergarten and first grade check out my Complete Guide to Close Reading in Kindergarten