Story: New BC Curriculum Based
Story Connects Us to Family and Community
Language Arts through Place, Penguins and Polar Bears
Aboriginal Content Included
Suitable Grades: 1/2, 2, 2/3
Background knowledge of map reading, cardinal directions helpful.
This unique package begins with discussion of the location of the opposite poles on earth where penguins and polar bears live. Labels are an important non-fiction text feature that students can use in different ways. Here they will observe how they are used and then draw and label their own penguin with the help of steps to drawing a penguin with choices of bill and eyes. Then students will focus on a few key words to show meaning by illustrating and labelling.
Next comes a comparison of the Arctic to the Antarctica. Students will find the other continents on a map and practice writing them. Students will then have opportunity to share some of what they already know about penguins and polar bears through a graphic organizer. Prince Meets Slush is a 16 half-page original story that comes next. Students may cut out the half pages to make a booklet they can read and add colour if they wish.
Prince meets Slush is the story of a penguin chick relocated to the Artic. Prince doesn’t miss his noisy homeland and likes his new found friend, Slush the polar bear cub.
After reading the story students will discuss and write about story features through a graphic organizer. After further writing and illustrating about the beginning, middle and end of the story using another graphic organizer, students will retell the story in their own words. A page outlining sequence words and different ways to tell the story will assist them. Practice retelling orally before writing gets students excited, engaged and ready to write. A blank organizer of beginning, middle and end is included to apply to further stories read. What is called “Making Sentences” pages are included which include related topics, graphics, word banks and goals for writing good sentences. Word searches contain words found in text and stories. Two printing pages are included focusing on high frequency words throughout. Also included are cloze sentences with word bank for students to demonstrate meaning of vocabulary. Life in the North comes next.
Life in the North is an original story about Hanta, who shares his learning about his people that is taught to him by his mother. Hanta learns where the Inuit people live and about their hunting practices around the seasons. How did the people once house themselves? How the polar was respected and is still hunted is shared. Topics of global warming, and animal extinction are brought up. A famous Inuit artist is mentioned. Hanta speaks of his pride in who he is and this leads to discussions about students backgrounds, their parents and grandparents stories and things each student can be proud about concerning themselves. Students are encouraged to listen to family stories and share through oral communication, writing and drawing.
Last of all a page of polar bear facts are listed. Students then fill in a three page organizer comparing themselves to a polar bear. This will enable them to further fill in an organizer about polar bears and make sentences about them and the Arctic.
At the end of the booklet pages are included for students to write their own penguin and polar bear story adventure.
Page for “Success Criteria” Included.
-Non-Fiction text feature: labels
-Elements of a story: character and setting, beginning, middle, end
-Choosing different sequence words to tell stories
-Stories connect us to self, family, community, history
-Sentence writing, printing practice, using graphic organizers to help find meaning of vocabulary
How to teach and answer keys are not provided.