This a Powerpoint is made to go with a lesson from the on-line Expeditionary Learning Curriculum. You will need just a few texts for this unit and you can make student copies. Students are separated based on reading level and they are accessing texts of varying difficulty based on their levels. My students just completed this Module and loved it!
The curriculum can be found: http://commoncoresuccess.eleducation.org/curriculum
Mary Pope Osborne, Magic Tree House #45: A Crazy Day with Cobras (New York: A Stepping Stone Book by Random House, 2011), ISBN: 978-0-375-86795-8. (Enough texts for 1/3 of the class).
Mary Pope Osborne, Magic Tree House #33: Carnival at Candlelight (New York: A Stepping Stone Book by Random House, 2005), ISBN: 978-0-375-83034-1. (Enough texts for 1/3 of the class).
Mary Pope Osborne, Magic Tree House #34: Season of the Sandstorms (New York: A Stepping Stone Book by Random House, 2005), ISBN: 978-0-375-83032-7. (Enough texts for 1/3 of the class).
Jim Bartell, Exploring Countries: India (Minneapolis: Bellwether Media, 2011), ISBN 978-1-60014-555-1. (Enough texts for 1/3 of the class).
Lisa Owings, Exploring Countries: Iraq (Minneapolis: Bellwether Media, 2011), ISBN 978-1-60014-592-6. (Enough texts for 1/3 of the class).
Walter Simmons, Exploring Countries: Italy (Minneapolis: Bellwether Media, 2012), ISBN 978-1-60014-673-2. (Enough texts for 1/3 of the class).
In Unit 2, students continue to develop their skills through careful reading of both literary and informational texts. Class members extend their expertise of learning about culture beyond Japan and begin studying three different countries. Students build their ability to share learning about these countries through reading and structured book discussions. The class begins the unit by reading a new Magic Tree House book and discovering the evidence of culture within that country. They read the book in class and at home, sharing and supporting each other through a structured Book Club. Students are also supported to pay attention to key vocabulary and begin a routine to practice reading fluently. For a mid-unit assessment, students demonstrate their reading and discussion skills through a two-part assessment in which they prepare key information to share with others who have not read the same Magic Tree House book. Next, students continue to hone their ability to read and understand informational text. The class builds its knowledge of culture by closely reading Exploring Countries texts that correlate with the country portrayed in the Magic Tree House book they read. Students continue to learn more about how to use features of informational text when learning about a topic. During this time, students are also expanding their definition of what culture is. After learning from the Exploring Countries texts, they are given a supplemental article that offers additional research to build their content knowledge of the culture of their country. As an end of unit assessment, students will demonstrate their skill with informational texts by reading excerpts from a new text about a different country: France. Students also write an on-demand paragraph about the customs and traditions they discovered in this new text.
Unit 1 Powerpoints are also available in my store!!!