This unit begins by getting students excited about the life cycle of a chicken. You will establish background knowledge by teaching students the stages of a life cycle. Students will also explore the inside of an egg. Next, you will teach each stage of the life cycle by completing a close read, text coding, and taking notes.
During each lesson you will model close reading, text coding, and note-taking. Students will have a chance to practice the modeled strategy in partners and independently. Finally, students will use their notes from close reading and text coding to create a literacy nonfiction tab booklet about the life cycle of a chicken.
You will be amazed at how excited your students will be to write. The quality of their writing will be impressive due to all of the knowledge they have gained about chickens.
During this unit students will:
- Build background knowledge with fun activities (activities provided)
- Listen as the teacher reads aloud each stage of the life cycle; egg, hatching, chick, and hen (text provided)
- Code text with the teacher for each part of the life cycle (text and coding answer sheets are provided)
- Answer and discuss text dependent questions for each part of the life cycle (questions provided)
- Read student text about the each part of the life cycle with partners and independently (student text for each part of the life cycle are provided)
- Code text with teacher model, partners, and independently using student text (scaffolding lessons plans to instruct students from teacher modeling to independent practice are provided)
- Take notes on each part of the life cycle using a note sheet (note sheet provided)
- Use their life cycle notes to write a literacy nonfiction tab book about the life cycle of a chicken (printable tab template provided)
-Complete a observation journal throughout the unit if you are hatching chicks in the classroom (journal provided)
Detailed Lesson Plans
Background Knowledge Activities
Chick Observation Journal
Close Reading Shared Text (project to read aloud)
Close Reading Student Text (students read independently)
Text Dependent Questions
Text Coding Poster
Answer Sheets for Shared and Student Text Coding
Writing Note-taking Sheet
Final Writing Project Tab-Booklet
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