Earth Day is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate in my classroom! This is truly one of the most exciting topics to incorporate across the curriculum! Everyone loves to read "The Lorax" during this time of year so why not incorporate a challenging ELA component to one of our favorite read a-louds? With this colorful comprehension booklet, you will provide your students with:
Phonic practice (Silent Consonant Blends)
- Download my free Prezi for the phonics words and vocabulary!
Cause and Effect Skills
Two Short Responses (Point of View & Analysis)
Grammar (Quotation Marks)
Persuasive writing (OREO Organizer & Guided Note Outline)
Topic: Alternative Resources
Rubric for grading
Student Self-Check Assessment
Black & White versions as well!
The persuasive writing component includes a five paragraph writing outline that is PHENOMENAL for guiding students as they work collaboratively within groups to collect information from resources such as informational books, encyclopedias, news articles, and reliable websites. I spend at least two lessons using this time to sticky note and collect information from various resources that we then record in our writing books.
I have also included a final draft template for your students which pairs well with a hands on activity in which students can create their own Lorax holding a marbled Earth designed from shaving cream and food coloring! See the pictures in the preview for ideas!
I have also created two other writing booklets that are differentiated to meet the abilities of the various learners in your class! Each booklet contains the same components, however each section is modified to meet the learning levels of your students. Each booklet has a different writing topic including Alternative Energy Resources (Above Level 4th grade ), Reduce-Reuse-Recycle (On Level 3rd grade), Community Clean Ups (Approaching Level 2nd-3rd grade). You can buy these separately or buy a consolidated pack at a discount price!