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.
Specifically in this mini unit you will find the following:
-a "picture/hook" to use as a think and discuss/write to start the conversations about sunflowers
-a cute sunflower quick write to use with the picture hook and at the end as an "exit ticket", just have them write what they learned.
-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
-4 foldables to use for collecting information as you go back into the text. Topics: sunflower life cycle, sunflower facts, life cycle stages, and one main idea and 4 key details
-Sunflower research booklets to record information as they go (I used these for my students to record observations about their sunflowers that we planted. It made great morning work!)
- Sunflowers vocabulary booklet to record vocabulary as they go
- Sunflower life cycle (in color and B&W) as well as a ‘Lets label the life cycle of a sunflower’.
- Parts of a sunflower chart (color) & a ‘lets label the parts of a sunflower’ (black & white).
-Writing about Sunflowers to write about what they have learned
-“K-W-L” Sunflower 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
It is common core aligned:
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 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!