Ocean Animals Nonfiction Close Reading & Visual Vocabulary Unit

Grade Levels
K - 2nd
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63 pages
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Want to introduce close reading to your young students while growing their schema and vocabulary simultaneously? This Nonfiction Unit will do just that! Show the slideshow to students first- beautiful real-life photographs and simple vocabulary words to help grow schema and connect with the vocabulary in the text passages. Next, use the differentiated levels of text with your students over several readings, isolating vocabulary and inferring meaning along the way. The texts can be used whole-group or small-group, depending on your needs.

Included in this product:
-36 stunning real-life photos with vocabulary
-directions for use
-a slideshow script
-3 leveled reading passages- use for K, 1st or 2nd OR for differentiated guided reading groups
-a vocabulary list and printables
-comprehension questions for each passage
-3 graphic organizers (KWL chart, web and thinking map)
-a mini-book
-3 writing response options
-and an Ocean Bingo class game!

The following ocean animals and zones are represented in the slideshow and texts:
rocky coast
tide pool
coral reef
open ocean
hermit crab
sea star
blue tang
sea turtle
mako shark
hammerhead shark
great white shark
orca whale
humpback whale
school of fish
food chain
blue whale

Check out the preview to get a sneak peek at the animals/vocabulary included in each of the texts!

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Total Pages
63 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 2–3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Describe how reasons support specific points the author makes in a text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
With prompting and support, read informational texts appropriately complex for grade 1.


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