My "Lessons in a Jiffy" units are a series of high interest non-fiction topics. In each unit, I have prepared a read aloud as well as 3 different levels of guided reading books on the same topic. I also include writing prompts, foldables, tons of graphic organizers, research/fact pages, text dependent comprehension questions and other "goodies"! All designed to work together! (Basically, if you use all of the activities, you will have much of your reading block planned out and ready to go in a "jiffy" for at least a week!)
Specifically in this unit you will find the following:
-a ‘look and discuss’ picture prompt with a quick write response sheet
-a read aloud that uses real pictures
-2 different guided reading titles (different books: Jump Frog Jump and Frogs) each titles has 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
-5 “t-charts” (can, have are chart) in color and black and white
-3 foldables to use for collecting information as you go back into the text. Topics: types of frogs, frog facts, & frogs (Main Idea with 4 key details).
-15 “Wanted Posters” (short information sheets about different frog species)
-Frog Life Cycle chart with black and white “fill in the blank” life cycle worksheet
-Frog research booklets to record information as they go (and a foldable version as well)
- Frog vocabulary booklet to record vocabulary as they go (and a foldable version as well)
-20 frog writing prompts to write about what they have learned
-“K-W-L” frog 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
-Frog Life Cycle “crown” with cutouts to attach
-“Spin & Discuss” picture wheels
-“Spin & Write” picture wheels with foldable response sheet
-6 “Let’s compare” Venn diagrams (in color and black & white)
-7 “Standard” Venn diagrams
Depending on how many of the coordinating activities you decide to use, this unit can either last few days or a whole week! With this high interest topic, your children will be engaged and having fun while getting much needed exposure to informational non-fiction texts! And you will have your planning done in a "jiffy"! Win-win!