My kids love these high interest non-fiction units! During the course of the unit we have guided reading, shared reading and close reading all about the topic. We do research, compare and contrast, pick out facts and main idea and details. We also discuss and write! They get so excited about what topic they will discuss that they beg me to give them clues on Friday for next week's topic!
So, of course, before we take our annual end of the year field trip to the Zoo, we have to study the Zoo and its many different animals!
Specifically in this mini unit you will find the following:
-a "hook" activity (picture, quick write, think/pair/share)
-a read aloud that uses real pictures
-3 levels of readers to use in guided reading in color and black and white (easy, medium and hard-with varying levels of length and complexity of vocabulary.) All of the texts cover the same basic material/topic. I have even included one black and white copy with pictures and no words for the children to write their own to go with the picture!
-8 circle maps in color and black and white (about the Zoo and different animals)
-8 “t-charts” (can, have are chart) in color and black and white (about the Zoo and different animals)
-3 foldables to use for collecting information as you go back into the text. Topics: zoo animals, zoo facts, and one main idea and 3 key details
-‘What is your favorite zoo animal’ survey graph.
-zoo animals ‘crown’ with cutouts to affix.
-40 “Wanted Posters” (short information sheets about 40 different zoo animals)
-6 Let’s compare (Venn Diagrams) in color and black & white.
-2 Spin & Discuss wheels
-2 Spin & Write wheels with foldable answer sheet
-Zoo animal research booklets to record information as they go (with foldable version)
-Zoo animal vocabulary booklet to record vocabulary as they go (with foldable version)
-19 Zoo writing prompts to write about what they have learned
-“K-W-L” zoo chart to use all along the way
-comprehension sheet that requires critical thinking as well as going back into the text to find answers
-a ‘4 facts about zoos’ worksheet
-Vocabulary review sheet
Depending on how many of the coordinating activities you decide to use, this unit can either last a few days or a week! With this high interest topic, your children will be engaged and having fun while getting much needed exposure to informational non-fiction texts! You will also be hitting some great higher order thinking skills!