This mini-unit provides you with resources that you can use with any poem to help students in first, second or third grade identify the tone of the poem by looking at the words the author uses to convey the feelings of the characters / narrators.
It also provides an opportunity for students to look at why siblings are special and the things they can do for them. The activity suggests that students who don't have a sibling think of a special friend instead.
There is also a brainstorming chart included for students to use before reading a story about family types. This can easily be adapted for any type of story. It is a pro / con list. After reading, students can go back and add details from the story you pick.
This would be a perfect mini-unit for that week before Thanksgiving to brainstorm why students should be thankful for everyone in their family. But I love it because it can be used anytime!
Here are some suggestions you could use for the poems or the stories:
Brother and Sister
Cousin for Sale
Sister for Sale