Ready to get students excited about learning all month long? Then, you and your students are going to love this set of 5 print-and-teach units. Just download these units and get teaching! The units perfectly pair together, address critical ELA skills, and provide fun lessons to learn and teach over the course of 20 days!
This bundle includes:
• Summarizing – Doodle and Do
-- This resource includes summarizing graphic organizers, reading comprehension worksheets and passages that help students practice the skill of summarizing texts. Students will complete fun doodle notes and then do 5 fun summarizing activities.
• Descriptive Writing Unit
-- During this 10-day Descriptive Writing unit, students will write a descriptive essay about an imaginary pet. After gaining an understanding of the critical elements of descriptive writing and reviewing a sample essay, they’ll select an unusual imaginary pet. They’ll conduct mini-research on the animal they picked. Then, they’ll begin writing a descriptive pet sketch essay.
• Albert Einstein – Reading Comprehension Learning Centers
-- In this learning centers resource students will learn about Albert Einstein while practicing reading comprehension skills. This resource contains five learning centers (reading comprehension and art integration) for students to rotate through in small groups. Each center lesson and activity is designed to give students engaging and exciting learning experiences to learn about Albert Einstein.
• All About Analogies
-- This fun and engaging 3-day All About Analogies mini-unit is designed to help students build on their knowledge about analogies, discover new connections, and make broader comparison between things.
• This or That – Daily Writing Prompts
-- Start each class period with a fun writing prompt. Students choose to complete the “this” or the “that” writing prompt before showing off their writing skills. You’ll have more than enough writing prompts for the entire month…there’s 101 included! Use these as bell ringers, creative homework assignments, or activities throughout the entire school year.
This bundle is part of this YEAR OF ELA INSTRUCTION!
The bundle includes 60 turn-key units that you can teach all year long! Units are bundled into monthly folders with a suggested scope and sequence. Your entire year is already planned for you! LEARN MORE HERE.
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Learn more about the units included in this bundle:
Summarizing Doodle and Do
– 3 Days – 35 pages
Teaching students how to summarize can be a daunting task. Often, it’s one of the hardest reading strategies for students to grasp. That’s where this Doodle and Do mini-unit comes in! This resource includes summarizing graphic organizers, reading comprehension worksheets and passages that help students practice the skill of summarizing texts.
Here’s how it works: First, students will complete highly engaging Doodle Notes about summarizing. They’ll learn how to summarize a text, do’s and don’ts for summarizing, and the goal of summarizing. Then, they complete 5 fun summarizing activities and read passages to help them develop the skill. There are 3 reading comprehension passages included.
This resource is completely customizable, too! First, the two types of doodle notes included (filled-in and guided notes versions) make it easy to differentiate instruction. Then, there are two instructional versions included in this resource! You can either put together a fun student packet with summarizing worksheets, or you can set up 5 learning stations. This way, you can create the very best learning experience for your students!
This mini-unit is not only effective in helping students understand how to summarize a text, it’s also incredibly engaging and fun!
This detailed “Doodle and Do” resource includes:
- A detailed teacher overview of the resource
- Lesson Plans – Instructional Option #1 – Gradual Release of Responsibility (student packets)
- Lesson Plans – Instructional Option #2 – Learning Stations
- Doodle Notes – Summarizing (all filled-in)
- Doodle Notes – Summarizing (guided notes)
- “6-Word Summaries” worksheets (2)
- Doodle a Summary activity
- 3 Reading Passages
- 5 Learning Stations Cards (with student directions – to use if you choose to set up learning stations)
- All Instructional Keys
Descriptive Writing Unit
– 10 Days – 60 pages
From the very start of this 10-day Descriptive Writing
unit students are hooked! That’s because they’re required to write a descriptive pet sketch essay for an imaginary “Most Unusual Pet” contest. The contest is imaginary and so is their pet! That’s right, students have the freedom to select any type of animal to be their pet. That means that they might own a wildebeest, walrus, or flying squirrel! They love it! After researching their animal and progressing through every step of the writing process the end result is a descriptive essay that includes all the critical components of the genre…and a class of students eager to share their writing!
This detailed Descriptive Writing
• Extremely detailed daily lesson plans (10)
• Student Packet
--- Descriptive Writing Guided Notes
--- Writing a Descriptive Pet Sketch Assignment Overview and RAFT
--- Sample Descriptive Essay – “We Call Him Cuddles”
--- Descriptive Writing Critical Components Graphic Organizer
--- Research Tasks and Record Sheet
--- Prewriting – Brainstorm Chart (2)
--- Prewriting – Essay Structure Guided Outline (3)
--- First Draft Guide
--- Revising – Developing a Lead
--- Revising – Vivid Details
--- Revising – Sensory Details
--- Revising – Show Rather Than Tell
--- Revising – Figurative Language
--- Revising Checklist
--- Editing Checklist
--- Peer Conferencing Guide
• Descriptive Writing Pet Sketch Essay Rubric
• Descriptive Writing Listening Guide
• Envelope Foldable (for essay publication)
• Animal Clue Card (for essay publication)
• Instructional Answer Keys
• Sample Responses for prewriting and revising (10)
Albert Einstein – Reading Comprehension Centers
- 3 days – 48 pages
Students will create a tab book about Einstein and practice critical reading comprehension skills as they complete five engaging tasks at the learning centers. Students will visit each center with a small group and complete tasks and targeted reading comprehension assignments. Specifically, students will work on finding sequence, fact and opinion, cause and effect, context clues, and quote analysis (with art integration).Working both independently and with their small groups, students will have multiple opportunities to develop their reading comprehension skills and learn about Albert Einstein.
Depending on the structure of your English Language Arts classroom this resource could span the course of several instructional day.
About the Learning Centers
Center 1 - Sequencing
- Timeline - At this center students will be arranging significant events in Albert Einstein’s life in the correct sequence. First, they’ll learn how to find the sequence of events. Then, they’ll practice by putting cut-up events in the correct order. They’ll glue the events in the correct sequence into their tab books.
Center 2 - Fact and Opinion
- Einstein’s Childhood - At this center students will be reading a passage about Albert Einstein’s childhood. The passage includes facts and opinions. After reading, they’ll cut out fact and opinion cards, sort them and glue them into their tab books.
Center 3 - Context Clues
- Adulthood - At this center students will be reading a nonfiction passage about Albert Einstein’s adulthood. The passage contains some challenging vocabulary. Students will need to use context clues to figure out each word’s meaning.
Center 4 - Cause and Effect
- Einstein’s Struggles and Triumphs - At this center students will be practicing the skill of identifying causes and effects. Students will cut out cause and effect cards, sort them into the correct categories and glue them into their tab books.
Center 5 - Quote Analysis
- Art Integration - Students will enjoy art integration at this center. First, they’ll investigate a famous quote by Albert Einstein. After discussing and analyzing the quote with guided questions, students will have an opportunity to color in an Albert Einstein coloring page. This center activity is provided by Art with Jenny K
• Reading Comprehension Skills:
---- Finding the Main Idea
---- Finding the Meaning of Unknown Words in Context
---- Cause and Effect
---- Quote Analysis
• Reading and analyzing informational texts
• Engaging in collaborative discussions
• RI.1, RI.4, RI.7, RI.10, RF.3, RF.4, SL.1, SL.4, L.4, L.6
This detailed LEARNING CENTERS resource includes:
• Unit Overview
• Center Implementation Guide (Includes how to set up centers, manage centers, and grade centers)
• Detailed Centers Plans (5 total)
• Make a Tab Book Instructions Sheet
• Albert Einstein Reading Comprehension Centers Grading Sheet (50 points total)
• Learning Center Tab Book Pages (5 total)
• Materials for each Learning Center
--- Center Table Cards (5)
--- Detailed Center Directions (5)
--- Sequencing Events to Cut Out
--- Nonfiction Passage – Einstein’s Childhood
--- Fact and Opinion Cards to Cut Out
--- Nonfiction Passage – Einstein’s Adulthood
--- Cause and Effect Cards to Cut Out
--- Einstein Quote Coloring Page
• All Instructional Keys
All About Analogies Mini-Unit
– 3 Days – 40 pages
provide opportunities to learn important critical thinking skills. That’s why it is important to not only teach students about what an analogy is, but how to solve an analogy. This fun and engaging 3-day All About Analogies
mini-unit is designed to help students build on their knowledge about analogies, discover new connections, and make broader comparison between things.
• This analogies mini-unit provides numerous opportunities to develop the skill of solving analogies.
• Each lesson starts with a fun and engaging activity – Analogy Match (hands-on), Sketch an Analogy (art integration), and Analogy Mix-Up (with puzzle pieces).
• Then, students learn about and practice solving analogies through whole group instruction, small group work, partnerships, and independent practice.
In this mini-unit, students will learn about what an analogy is, how to read an analogy, steps for solving an analogy, types of analogies (synonym, antonym, part to whole, descriptive, object to function, cause and effect), and essentials for making analogy comparisons. Students will complete guided notes, practice exercises, graphic organizers and analogy questions. This is a fun unit for students and teachers!
This detailed ANALOGIES mini-unit includes:
• 3 Detailed Daily Lesson Plans
• Analogy Match Activity
• Analogy Match Words
• Sketch an Analogy Worksheet (2)
• Analogy Mix-Up Puzzles
• Guided Notes about Analogies
• Step-by-Step Guide for Solving Analogies
• Bridge Sentence Practice
• Types of Analogies Notes and Examples
• Analogy Types Practice
• Analogy Practice (Bridge and Type)
• Analogy Essential Guided Notes
• Write Your Own Analogies
• Analogy Practice Questions
• All keys for student work and instruction
101 Writing Prompts
– All month long – 111 pages
This highly engaging and effective set of This or That Writing Prompts
includes 202 writing prompt choices on 101 creative handouts. Each This or That Writing Prompt provides students with two choices for showcasing their writing. After reviewing each choice, students can choose to do the “This” activity or the “That” activity. The choices promote engagement, differentiate the activity, and tap into multiple learning styles. They’re also fun to complete!
Students have the opportunity to write news stories, create characters, reflect on their life, imagine new worlds, share their opinions, write with figurative language, and so, so, so much more!
This resource includes
• This or That Reading Writing Prompts Overview (for teachers)
• About, Benefits, Assessment, and Implementation Overview (for teachers)
• This or That Writing Prompt Overview and Tips (for students)
• Writing Prompt Rubric
• 101 This or That Writing Prompts (with 202 prompts total!)
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