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!
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. I love the flexibility of being able to use the materials in small groups and whole group . We practice picking out main idea, facts and citing where we found our evidence. We also use some text dependent questions and practice going back into the text to find our evidence. These are high interest topics that the children get very excited about exploring.
Specifically in this mini 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
-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 both color and black and white
-3 foldables to use for collecting information as you go back into the text. Topics: types of sharks, shark facts, & sharks (Main Idea with 4 key details).
-15 “Wanted Posters” (short information sheets about several shark species for doing research about specific sharks)
-Shark research booklets to record information as they go (with foldable version as well)
- Shark vocabulary booklet to record vocabulary as they go (with foldable version as well)
-19 shark 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 (text dependent questions)
-Vocabulary review sheet
-Shark types “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)
-4 “Standard” Venn diagrams
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!