Why Informational Text?
The bottom line is that current events are a huge part of our world. Informational text is at the heart of current events. Hurricane Sandy is hitting the east coast and I think we need to provide students with information to help them synthesize and negotiate the impact of this hurricane. First and foremost they have to understand what a hurricane is and inversely, what it isn’t. That is why I have Informational Text about hurricanes, tsunamis, and tornados. Clearly I chose three topics that are not all weather related, but does everyone innately know the difference?
Why don’t I utilize worksheets?
My goal is to provide children with tools that do not involve a specific worksheet to do. I utilize graphic organizers, Science Journals, Note-taking Journals (Seed Journals), Writing Journals (I call their Muddy Boots), authentic Informational Texts (Website Links), an online encyclopedia (Encyclopedia Britannica), books from the public library, online videos, and anything else I can get my hands on. I want them to read, write, and research authentically.
It is also important to note that my goal with these lessons is to provide teachers with the opportunity to work smarter, not harder. You will have enough to copy with the Informational Text, so adding a set of worksheets does not seem to be working smarter. Why not utilize the tools you already have in place for synthesizing information in an authentic way?
What Common Core Standards are you Teaching?
Informational Text at any level will be addressed throughout these lessons.
What Lessons are Included?
1. Kick off Hurricanes!
2. What is a Hurricane?
3. What Makes a Hurricane?
4. What Supplies do you Really Need for a Hurricane?
5. Hurricane Myths: Fact or Opinion?
6. Who are the Mythbusters?
7. Mythbusters Hurricane: What is the Best Way to Leave Your Window in a Hurricane?
8. What is a Tornado?
9. What is a Tsunami?
10. FEMA: Flat Stanley and Stella
11. What Can You do Now?
12. Disaster Awareness Day