is an integrated mini-unit for 2nd and 3rd grade students that teaches them what a skyscraper is compared to other tall buildings. This mini-unit was originally designed for 2nd and 3rd grade elementary engineering classes as a close reading activity but has grown into a mini-unit. It is packed with history and interesting facts about some of the most recognized engineering marvels.
The students will have to work together doing close-reading of informational text pages about different tall buildings to decide if the building is a skyscraper. They are given a set of criteria to use that will guide them through their decision making process as they evaluate the building's facts for a skyscraper. Designed for use with interactive notebooks.
Although the activity was designed for 2nd-3rd grade readers, it could also be used with 4th grade as well. There are additional fact pages included with more reading for 4th grade students to use.
Additional activities are included in the packet, including a sorting activity where the students order the buildings using their heights from the tallest to the shortest building, that helps with number sense and place value concepts into the thousands.
Included in the packet:
• Powerpoint PDF explaining the activity, modeling the close reading exercise
Individual student charts for students to note their reading on, sized for an interactive notebook
• Fact sheets on six structures (The Chicago Bean, Empire State Building, Eiffel Tower, Willis Tower, the Washington Monument, and the State of Liberty), interactive notebook size
• Fact sheets on six structures, full size sheets (for older students)
• Skyscraper criteria check sheets, interactive notebook size
• Skyscraper Vocabulary strips
• Suggestions for extension activities, and websites to check out for more fun facts on the structures
• Skyscraper/structure order activities (order from tallest to shortest, or compare place values < or > 1,000 etc.)
• Recommended Book List
• A Special Note about the Powerpoint PDF (instructions)
There are two pages of recommended websites to check out with additional information about skyscrapers and tall buildings, and a page of STEM challenges
for extension activities.
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