I recently discovered some tadpoles while going to the mailbox! (We have had a ton of rain!) I am a huge “backyard science” queen! So, I put together this ”Close Reading” unit so that I could take them in to my classroom and do a frog study!
In this packet you will find:
-a “Read Aloud” explaining “close reading” in a way for children to understand the goal/learning target for close reading
-7 different topics on frogs reading passages (including 3 levels of each passage, so that is 21 passages in all); Topics: Frogs, Frog Colors, What is an amphibian?, Frog Life Cycle, Frog Bodies. Frogs vs Toads, Frog Habitats
-6 “chit chat” type messages for some of the above listed topics (2 in each reading level for a total of 6)
-frog circle map (color and black and white)
-2 types of journals for recording facts and observations
-Let’s Label a Frog’s Life Cycle (color and black and white)
-Frogs “can, have, are” chart ( color and black and white)
-real vs make believe Venn diagram
- Frog vs Toad Venn diagram
-12 vocabulary word posters/anchor chart (full page) for the most important of the vocabulary words
-Picture, word, definition pocket chart matching activity with response sheet
-vocabulary research cards and response sheet
-vocabulary words cards for your word wall or pocket chart (word and picture)
-Discussion starter cards for activities like “Think, Pair, Share”
-“Frog Research”-In this section, I have included cards for the children to pick one and corresponding fact page about the frog on the card for 10 different frogs for your little learners to “research” and write about
-“Frog Research”-In this section, , I have included cards for the children to pick one and corresponding fact page about the frog/topic on the card for 30 different frogs/topic for your more advanced learners to “research” and write about
-research fact pages to record their findings on
-18 “Frog picture” writing prompts to spur your students into writing about what they see in the picture and explain key facts that they would have found in their reading
-ABC order activity for the vocabulary- cards and response sheet
-Unscrambling and defining the vocabulary activity- cards and response sheet
-counting syllables in the vocabulary words pocket chart activity and response sheet
-True or false pocket chart activity
-Teeny Tiny vocabulary (“I spy”) sheets and response sheet (vocabulary center activity)
- “Write the Room” center time activity and response sheet
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.K6 I can be understood when I speak in class.
RL.1.1 I can ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
RL.K 4 I can ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.
RL.1.2 I can identify the main topic and key details in a text.
RL.1.7 I can use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.
RL.1.10 I can read informational texts.
W.1.2 I can write informational pieces that have a beginning, some facts and an ending.
W.18 I can recall or gather information from a text to answer a question.
What a fun way to embed science into your reading curriculum! This unit will introduce your children to nonfiction “close reading” with an awesome high interest topic like frogs!