This packet includes an extensive and unique variety of materials created to build your students’ vocabulary and critical thinking skills as they identify, describe, sort, compare & contrast, and classify “SHOES”. I chose “shoes” as a familiar, age-appropriate theme for this unit, but the strategies presented and practiced were designed to increase your students’ ability to recognize and describe physical and categorical traits and classify specific items according to these traits. The materials provided also give your students practice using oral and written language to support and “prove” classification choices they made, which aligns well with the following CCSS.ELA:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.5 With guidance and support from adults, explore word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.5a Sort common objects into categories (e.g. shapes, foods) to give a sense of the concepts the categories represent.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.5d Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs describing the same general action (e.g. walk, march, strut, prance) by acting out these meanings
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.1f use frequently occurring adjectives
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.5 With guidance and support from adults, demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
CCSSELA-Literacy.L.1.5a Sort words into categories (e.g. colors, clothing ) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.5d Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs differing in manner (e.g. look, peek, glance, stare, glare, scowl) and adjectives differing in intensity (e.g. large, gigantic) by defining or choosing them or by acting out the meanings.
CCSS.ELA.-Literacy.L.2.5 Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.5ab Distinguish shades of meaning among closely related verbs (e.g. loss throw, hurl) and closely relate adjectives (e.g. thin, slender, skinny, scrawny)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.5c Distinguish shades of meaning among related words that describe states of mind or degrees of certainty (e.g. knew, believed, suspected, heard, wondered)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings
This packet includes:
(most activities can be done as independent work or set up as activities in a literacy center)
• 45 picture/word cards (9 per page) with a specific shoe type (bootie, hiking boot, polka dot high heels, etc.)
• 4 cut/sort/glue “categorize the shoes” activities (e.g. “sort the shoes into 2 categories-shoes that are flexible & shoes that are sturdy”). This activity also includes a ‘discussion” section, giving the students an opportunity to discuss or debate which category a particular shoe may fit-good practice for supporting opinions.
• Instructions for a whole group classification game in which the students guess the “rule” as the teacher puts shoe cards inside or outside the hoola hoop (great make-shift giant Venn diagram adaptation )
• “Which Shoe does NOT Belong… and Why?” worksheet
• “Whose Shoes?” Students are given a short “monologue” and have to decide which shoes the speaking character would be wearing
• Verb definition practice- a list of synonyms for “walk” and “run”-students work together to define the words and write and illustrate a descriptive sentence using the new vocabulary
• 3 informational text passages describing “shoes from America’s history”-saddle shoes, penny loafers, and Mary Janes
• A Venn Diagram graphic organizer to organize information found in the 3 informational texts
The master copies that include pictures are color, but copy well using grayscale. If you are unable to get clear, understandable grayscale copies, please contact me and I’ll make a revised set for you at no extra cost!
I think you’ll find these materials unique, creative, challenging, yet kid-friendly-thanks so much for taking a look! It is my hope that you can use these materials as a basis for meaningful common core instruction in your classroom.
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