This informational text unit on owl was specially designed for close reading lessons with kindergarten and first grade students. It includes detailed information, broken down in a simple text form designed for early readers.
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Here's what's included:
-15 Informational text articles based on owls.
-2 pages of text dependent questions for each article. The first page contains 3 explicit questions that are easily found in the text. The second page contains 2 writing prompts that require the student to think deeply and synthesize information about the photograph and the essential question. These higher level thinking questions are very similar for each article. The purpose of this format is to help your students become very familiar with the format and expectations as your unit progresses. All of these questions can be answered by individual students, as shared writing experiences, or through class conversations.
-14 full page, beautiful, high resolution photographs (or “posters”). These are perfect for making a class display or to use as a visual aid during class discussions and writing experiences.
-12 ½ page vocabulary “posters” that display vocabulary with a simple definition and a clear photograph example
In this product you will find the following essential questions addressed:
What are owls?
Where do owls live?
Are owls really wise?
Do owls care about each other?
Can owls really turn their heads all the way around?
What are owl pellets?
What do owls eat?
What is special about owls’ eyes?
What is different about an owls’ feathers?
What are ear tufts?
What is different about owls’ feet?
Do all owls hoot?
What are Snowy owls?
What are Barn owls?
What is an Elf owl?
This unit will give your students exposure to informational text and close reading, practice answering text dependent questions, new vocabulary experiences, and a true understanding of owls. The simple text and rich, high quality photographs make this unit very meaningful for young students!
While some first grade students may be able to read these passages independently, these articles were designed to use with support. By using these passages and activities as shared reading/writing experiences you are able to expose your students to a rigorous, content-rich text. The students will be able to pull information out of the text and answer text dependent questions (even if the Lexile is above their independent reading levels.)
I hope you and your students enjoy this unit as much as I have enjoyed using it in my classroom!
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