My kiddos LOVE these "mini-unit" non-fiction topics! I have been doing one or two a week and each time we get ready to do a new topic, they can't wait to see what it will be! One of my sweet kiddos even wrote a letter to me saying how much he loved learning about one of our recent topics! I am sure your students will love them as well!
In this packet:
I designed this packet (as well as others to come), to be a series of high interest topics to use for guided reading groups. I have also included a shared reading/read aloud on the same topic, so as to demonstrate to younger children close reading of nonfiction topics in small groups (and whole group if I chose to use the read aloud.) These are not designed to be an entire unit, more of a mini-unit to build background knowledge, hit key standards/reading strategies that use informational text. I call them my “touch and go” topics. However, they have plenty of activities to last for a whole week or more if you chose to use all the activities.
Specifically in this mini unit you will find the following:
-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!
-circle map in color and black and white
-a “t-chart” (can, have are chart) in color and black and white
-7 foldables to use for collecting information as you go back into the text. Topics: types of weather, rainbows, snow, tornado, wind, rain, & Weather (Main Idea with 4 key details).
-Weather research booklets to record information as they go (and also foldable version)
- Weather vocabulary booklet to record vocabulary as they go (and also foldable version)
-8 Weather writing prompts to write about what they have learned
-“K-W-L” weather chart to use all along the way
-comprehension sheet that requires critical thinking as well as going back into the text to find answers
-Vocabulary review sheet
-Weather “crown” with cutouts to attach
-“Spin & Discuss” picture wheels
-“Spin & Write” picture wheels with foldable
-6 “Let’s compare” Venn diagrams
-2 “Standard” Venn diagrams
-Weather journal for recording a week’s worth of weather (and also foldable version)
-5 different weather experiments for some extra fun in the classroom
Depending on how many of the coordinating activities you decide to use, this mini-unit can either last one day or close to 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!
If you like this mini-unit, check out these other topics:
Candy (with 8 science experiments)
Flowers in Spring