Thank you for your interest in this “Polar Bear” Informational Text comprehension packet. The activities included in this product are based on "Polar Bears" by Gail Gibbons. It is not necessary to have a class set of books, because these materials were designed to accompany multiple “read alouds” of "Polar Bears" to support emergent and beginning readers as they work on comprehension strategies by listening to text. Using picture books and informational text as read alouds and supported shared reading is an excellent instructional strategy for developing comprehension skills since the texts they are decoding usually lack rich language and any kind of in-depth text structure. If your students are already fluent readers and are able to read the text of "Polar Bears" independently, you’ll find that the activities in this packet are challenging enough for 3rd and 4th graders to do with less guided instruction from the teacher.
The Table of Contents and a sampling of materials from this product are included in the preview to help you determine if this product is appropriate for the instructional needs of your students, so please take time to look at the preview. If purchased, the entire packet includes:
- 2 Anticipation Guides (for differentiation- one with multiple choice answers & a more difficult one in which students are required to record text evidence by writing sentences) Students read (or listen to) statements about polar bears and decide if they are true or false before and after reading "Polar Bears".
- 2 sets of comprehension questions (one multiple choice and one in which students answer questions by writing complete sentences)
- a list of 12 vocabulary words, vocabulary word cards (3 per page), and 3 different vocabulary activities (one with a differentiation set)
- a page about polar bear cubs in which the students illustrate and complete information about polar bears growing up
- a main idea/details worksheet in which students glue details under the corresponding main idea
- an open-ended graphic organizer page in which the students choose a way to visually organize the information from the text
- a page with 2 diagrams- a paw and a view of the polar bear’s fur and skin layers- in which the students label the body parts and then match the words with a description of each part’s function
- an answer key that includes copies of all the pages filled in for easy grading
As illustrated in the sample pages, some of these materials include a significant amount of reading, so you as the teacher can decide whether the materials are appropriate instructional material for guided lessons or something your students would be able to do independently. Whatever you decide, I am confident that your students will be actively engaged in the learning process as they become “polar bear experts!”
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Informational Text Comprehension with "Polar Bears" by Gail Gibbons
by Amy Bratsos
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License