I love integrate science with literature. I designed this unit to do just that! Using a cute poem-like story, I have designed a winter/snowflake themed unit that not only covers the introduction of a hidden theme within a story, but also science!
In this unit you will find the following:
-4 Story elements anchor charts (characters, setting, theme, compare and contrast)
--3 different story elements foldables (characters, settings and compare/contrast)
- story elements interactive booklet: settings, characters, compare and contrast, story theme in a cute interactive booklet
- Response to literature writing tasks: favorite part of the story, 2 different making a connection writing prompts
-Circle maps for alike and different (in color and black and white)
-Introduction to theme in a story:
-Kick-off activity (Extra read aloud and corresponding interactive activity within the read aloud)
- 2 different pocket chart surveys (Do friends have to be exactly alike to be friends? Did you like the story) Included: student response slip for graphing, Question and other headers for pocket chart and a data recording and examination answer sheet for each of the surveys.
-vocabulary for the story: full and half page sheets, pocket chart/word wall set of the words with pictures.
-Foundational skills focus: Rhyming
-Winter rhyming words pocket chart activity with response sheet so it may be used in a center
-rhyming words anchor chart
-rhyming words foldable
Science and math Fun
I have included step by step picture instructions for these two activities:
-Cutting paper snowflakes (exploring symmetry and snowflakes)
-Making “Crystal” snowflakes (exploring growing crystals, symmetry, scientific method, etc.) With this one you will get a complete list of all ingredients required and also a picture documentary of the crystals growing with corresponding hours listed.
With the making crystal snowflakes, I have included a booklet also for recording observations as the children watch their snowflake grow! (You can customize how many pages you would like to make the booklet, depending on how long you are going to let the crystals grow!)
Common core standards covered:
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 character, setting, and major events in a story. RL.1.5 I can explain the differences between fiction and nonfiction text.
RL.1.7 I can use details in a story to describe characters, settings, and events.
RL.1.9 I can compare and contrast characters in stories.
W.1.1 I can write about my opinion and supply a reason.
W.1.5 I can respond to a writing prompt.
W.1.8 I can write about my experiences.
L.1.4 I can use context clues to figure out the meaning of a word or phrase.
1.MD.4 I can gather and interpret data and answer questions like how many?, how many more?, or less?
All of the activities are aligned to common core. They provide your students with engaging, interactive activities that promote understanding of many different reading elements. Many also promote higher level critical thinking opportunities that will make your readers think and obtain a deeper understanding of the text that they are studying! Your students will love the activities!