Easter Island history unit with reading, writing, and math
Learn all about Easter Island with this 5-day mini-unit! The Islanders who lived on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) were amazing builders, creating huge statues that still exist there today. Students will use reading, writing, and math skills while learning about this remote island culture. The unit is aligned with Common Core, so you can teach with confidence (mostly 4th grade, with some 3rd and 5th grade standards as well).
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Day 1: “Easter Island informational story” Students will read an informational text and learn vocabulary words that are relevant to the story. After reading, there are 7 questions to answer regarding the text, and a page with the vocabulary words to practice with.
(4 pages total for Day 1; pages 4, 5, 6, & 7)
Day 2: “Simile Activity” The students will do an activity about similes, comparing sentences that are similes, and some that are not. They will create their own simile, using an image of two Moai statues in dialogue to make it fun! This “cartoon” can be hung on the wall to show what similes each student created. (3 pages total for Day 2; pages 8, 9, & 10)
Day 3: “Two points of view” The students will read two different passages about the day Easter Island was discovered by Europeans. They will compare the text from two separate points of view, making comparisons from these texts. Then they will search for the vocab words within each passage. (3 pages total for Day 3; pages 11, 12, & 13)
Day 4: “What is Symmetry activity” The students will learn about the line of symmetry, and symmetrical and asymmetrical shapes. There are two practice pages, then a project page. By folding the paper in half, using a plastic symmetry tool, or just “eye-balling it”, they can finish a picture of Moai statues. (3 pages total for Day 4; pages 14, 15, & 16)
Day 5: “Easter Island Shadowbox” The students will construct a shadowbox depicting the Moai statues out of paper. They will need to read the directions to assemble the shadowbox. Afterwards there are questions about the direction page questioning how the shadow box was made. A crossword with the vocab words from the unit is also included. (4 pages total for Day 5; pages 17, 18, 19, & 20)