EZ2READ ANIMALS in WINTER is a 63 page unit that answers the call of Common Core for more nonfiction reading in the lower grades. Here is another EZ2READ expository unit that lets students read, write, and learn about what different groups of animals do to survive winter weather.
Each of the animals below are written about in NINE student books - three different printable books at three reading levels (K-1-2) for differentiated instruction. There is one "big" book for each group, as well as writing pages, including information for parents. Three poems teach the facts in friendly rhymes. Picture cards of each animal may be used with large words and phrases in the pocket chart and for readers theater with the books and poems.
COLOR CHANGE: Snowshoe Rabbit and Arctic Fox use camouflage by changing color. As winter snow falls, their fur changes to white, making it easier for the rabbit to hide from fox in the snow, and easier for fox to sneak up on rabbit. Predator and Prey change color throughout the year.
HIBERNATION: Bear, Snake, Mouse, and Frog hibernate through the winter. Their bodies go into a deep sleep where they need no food to survive. They wake up when spring warms the air and provides the food they need.
MIGRATION: Whale, Bird, Butterfly, and Caribou migrate. They swim, fly and walk to places for the winter, where it is warmer or there is more food. They will travel back home in the spring.