This unit of work aims to provide a scaffolded approach to teaching students how to sequence ideas and events, at a basic level.
The popular ‘Zoo’ theme is the basis for recount-style narratives.
To this end, students will FIRSTLY be introduced to the basic vocabulary—the names of 12 zoo creatures. ( I have said ‘creatures’ since penguins are birds not animals!)
THEN students will learn to answer the question ‘What did you see?’ with ‘I saw a penguin’ and ‘I saw and penguin and an elephant.’
AFTER THAT students will learn the special sequencing words and how they fit into the basic sentences.
LASTLY, students will put it all together so as to read, with comprehension, and state aloud, a sequence of events!
The zoo creatures included in this resource are
This unit aims to provide teachers with a flexible resource, readily adaptable to different teaching situations.
A wide variety of activities are included, probably more than students need to meet the learning targets! I recommend teachers make decisions about which activities best suit their students’ needs.
Pages for a Student Workbook are included. They are NOT numbered. This is intentional as it allows teachers to choose which pages to include or exclude. Before printing for a class, it is recommended that page numbers are hand-written on the master, to facilitate teacher instructions. In the workbook are three quizzes and an assessment rubric.
I have now included a suggested teaching sequence to provide a guide to how I would present the materials.
I hope this will provide a useful teaching and learning resource for your classes!