This nonfiction unit is a great way to teach your students about farm animals! This unit includes 15 nonfiction close reading passages specially designed for kindergarten and first grade students, beautiful and unique photographs, and text dependent questions.
This unit is organized into 5 topics: chickens, cows, pigs, horses and sheep.
There are 3 informational text articles provided for each topic (15 articles total). These articles can be used as individual close reading texts or can be put together to make a complete book. High quality photographs engage students and enhance their learning. These articles provide detailed information in a simple, basic format.
Each text is designed to answer an essential question. The essential questions included are:
-What are chickens?
-How often do hens lay eggs?
-How are baby chicks born?
-What is cattle?
-What do cows eat?
-How do farmers milk cows?
-Why do pigs roll in mud?
-What is a litter?
-Are pigs smart?
-What is a foal?
-How can you tell how a horse is feeling?
-How fast can a horse run?
-Are there different kinds of sheep?
-What do farmers do with sheep's wool?
-What is life like for baby lambs?
After each article you will find a page of 3 simple, explicit, text dependent questions. There is also 1 page that includes 2 writing prompts that ask students to summarize and synthesize their learning by evaluating both the photographs and the text.
These reading and writing tasks are designed to give young students complex information in a simple, student friendly format. These tasks may be achieved through shared reading and writing, small group activities, or individual student work. (Detailed instructions are provided). This is an excellent way to expose developing readers and writers to rigorous tasks.
The articles make excellent close reading texts and are closely aligned to the kindergarten and first grade standards. While students may be able to read these texts independently, they were designed to be read with support (through shared reading experiences).
Also included in this product:
-15 beautiful, high quality posters/photographs- These are highly engaging and sure to support your instruction in many ways.
- 1 "bonus" graphic organizer and 1 vocabulary recording sheet.
*Please note: all photographs used in this product were purchased with commercial licenses. They are very crisp, high resolution photos.
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For information and resources to support close reading in kindergarten and first grade check out my Complete Guide to Close Reading in Kindergarten