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This packet integrates learning in three areas:
Science * Narrative ELA * Informational ELA
Use this file as the foundation for a thematic unit, based on science content standards, CCSS narrative and informational reading standards.
Jean Craighead George’s short chapter book One Day in the Desert is an introduction to prairie ecology told in a narrative non-fiction format. This is one title in a series of 5 books, all available inexpensively as paperbacks. Each book features a different biome and ecosystem (prairie, desert, woods, alpine tundra, tropical rainforest).
· Guiding questions for One Day in the Desert
· Vocabulary lists, alphabetical and by chapter
· Student pages:
-Informational text, “Understanding Trophic Levels in an Ecosystem”
-Blank food web/trophic level pyramid for student work
-Vocabulary analysis grid
-Quick-info notetaking cards, to pair with informational texts and book
· Informational mini-texts about organisms featured in the novel with illustrations
-These texts are perfect for jump-starting a research project, to use together to develop a picture of the whole ecosystem, and they are each paired with a hand-drawn illustration of the organism represented.