My kids just love science. They especially love the study of animals. This unit has everything you will need to have your little ones researching and writing about
this particular habitat!
In this unit you will find:
-vocabulary cards in 2 sizes
-13 different animals to explore: Mallard duck, swan, heron, muskrat, beaver, otter, mosquito, dragonfly, trout, crayfish, turtle, frog and snake
For each animal you will find:
-graphic organizers to collect facts
-Can, Have, Are pocket chart activity with response sheet
-a cool fact chain to create
-pond animal picture cards for the pocket chart
-16 QR code cards to videos about the pond and all 13 animals. Use them for teaching during large or small group or put them in a listening center with your
iPads! (Use the response sheets for fact gathering!)
-An emergent reader about the pond
-a flip book about the pond
-2 different types of research books- one full size with research pages to record information; one half page to record one or two facts about each animal.
-make/design your own pond habitat with animals to cut out and place in and around the pond.
-Writing sheets for each animal that includes a word bank for scaffolding those young writers
This unit is jam packed with activities for you to use in your whole group as well as small group! Lots of choice for both teacher and student! (I have included
both real photos as well as clip art renditions of the pond habitat and its animals, giving you a choice!)
The activities are common core aligned. They cover the following standards:
Common Core standards:
RL.1.1 I can ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
RL.1.2 I can identify the main topic and key details in a text.
RL.1.3 I can describe the connection between ideas presented in different texts.
RL.1.7 I can use photos and text to describe the key details.
RL.1.8 I can identify the reasons the author gives to support points in a text .
W.1.1 I can write about my opinion and supply a reason.
W.1.2 I can write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
.W.1.7 I can participate in shared research and writing projects
W.1.5 I can respond to a writing prompt.
L.1.4 I can use context clues to figure out the meaning of a word or phrase.
RL 2.7 I can Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of the information presented.