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. Or it is a topic that is among the standards to be covered in science or social studies. To use these mini-units in my reading block is a huge time saver, not to mention my children LOVE the foldables, the quick write, the KWL chart, thinking maps and graphic organizers!
Specifically in this mini unit you will find the following:
-a picture to use as a “hook” (think, write, discuss) with quick write slips to begin the mini-unit
-a read aloud that uses real pictures
-PowerPoint of the read aloud (in case you do not want to print it, you can share it in this format instead!)
-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
-13 different foldables to use for collecting information as you go back into the text. Topics: 2 different picture-student supplies symbol name; facts about American symbols; Making connections; comprehension questions about the symbols; main idea and 3 key details; Liberty Bell facts; Lincoln Memorial facts; Mount Rushmore facts; Statue of Liberty facts; the American Flag facts; Bald eagle facts; the White House facts
-:Let’s Compare” charts comparing several symbols (eagle/Statue of Liberty; Mount Rushmore/Lincoln Memorial; US flag/US map)
-American symbols research booklet and a foldable (you chose which way you would like to use) to record information as they go
-American symbol vocabulary booklet and foldable to record vocabulary as they go
-4 Writing prompts about American symbols
-“K-W-L” chart to use all along the way
-comprehension sheet that requires critical thinking as well as going back into the text to find answers
It is common core aligned and covers these standards:
SL.K.1 I can participate conversations with my friends.
SL.K.4 I can describe things and events.
SL.K.5 I can add drawings to add details.
SL.K6 I can be understood when I speak in class.
LK.1 I can print my letters.
L.1.2d I can spell words by using common spelling patterns.
W.K1 I can write my opinion about something.
W.K2 I can write about something I know.
RL. 1.1 I can answer questions about key details in a text.
RL. 1.1 I can demonstrate understanding of the central message of the text.
RI. 1.2 I can identify the main idea and retell key details.
RI. 1.7 I can use the illustrations and details in the text to describe its key ideas.
RI. 1.10 I can read informational texts.
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!