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 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
-Two sets of 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 volcanos, volcano facts, & volcanos (Main Idea with 4 key details).
-27 “Wanted Posters” (short information sheets about several volcanos)
-Volcano research booklets to record information as they go (with foldable version)
- Volcano vocabulary booklet to record vocabulary as they go (with foldable version)
-21 volcano writing prompts to write about what they have learned
-“K-W-L” volcano 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
-Volcano “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)
-3 “Standard” Venn diagrams
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!