Text Features Unit, No Prep Technology Infused Learning, Smartboard & PDF

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Are you looking to try out some new instructional strategies to engage your junior learners? Try incorporating some technology! From beginners to tech savvy teachers, this unit has something for everyone! You do not need a class set of tech… you can use classroom computers, laptops, ipads and even phones! You can even plan a BYOD day! (Bring Your Own Device) OR no tech at all…you choose! Each lesson includes a tech and a no-tech option!

In this unit students will learn about a wide variety non-fiction text features and the most common text structures (Sequence, Descriptive, Compare & Contrast, Cause & Effect, Problem & Solution). Students will also learn about forms and formats of writing and the difference between the author’s purpose and main idea. Students will also specifically learn about puns and how they are used in advertisements.

In this download you will get:
SMARTboard presentation 88 pages
PDF handouts and Unit Plans (130 pages)
All texts Included (Wide variety of non-fiction, ads and info graphics)
All Assessments Included

The only prep required for this unit is setting up accounts for the technology options you want to use. (See list below) Everything else you need is PRINT. Click and teach!

Students will be engaged by the wide variety of technology used within this unit! Teachers can chose to use a few or all of the following free tools, apps, and websites:

-QR code scanner (Easy access to a variety of texts)
-Dropbox (File storage and sharing)
-Nearpod (Live sessions & presentations, open response, polling,
multiple choice etc)
-Youtube (Videos)
-SimpleMind (Mind Mapping, Word Web)
-Skitch (text mapping)
-AudioBoom (Voice recording & Sharing)
-Today’s Meet (A virtual meeting & discussion room)
-easil.ly (Creating &Sharing Infographics)

The unit also includes information and pre-made handouts to set up a BYOD (BringYour Own Device) program for your classroom.
It also includes additional information on setting up technology SOLE (Self Organized Learning Environments).

SomeTexts Included in this unit:
Electricity Use, Public Service Announcement
Ugly Fruits and Veggies, Article
Texting and Driving, Public Service Announcement
Gregory, Descriptive paragraph
Steve Jobs, Biography
The Healthy Way to Wear a Backpack, Infographic
The Salty Six, Infographic
Thinnovation, Advertisement
Variety of Ads with Puns
Clippings of non-fiction text features examples
Facts About Sugary Drinks, Infographic
Acoustic Guitar, Infographics
Halloween Safety, Infographic
Magazine Cover, Too Wired
kids News, Blood Doners & Text Messaging
Newspaper Article, Kids Make Green Electricity
Cracking the Code, Informational Article
Variety of Infographics (Social media, Trademarks, The Flu, Climate Change, Gaming Timeline, Dental Fears, Being Smart On-line)

Lessons Outline:
Getting Started, diagnostic Assessment and rubric
Putting together the portfolio

Forms of Writing
Brainstorm, video, mix and match
Planning a BYOD Day (info and forms)
QR Code Shared Reading (choice of 5 texts)
Bump It Up

Author’s Purpose
Setting Up SimpleMind App (Mind Mapping, word web)
Video and jot notes
Author’s purpose anchor chart
Identifying Author’s Purpose, video clippings
Setting Up Nearpod
Nearpod Activity - Author’s Purpose vs. Main Idea (open response, multiple choice)
Concept Attainment sort, I am The Purpose, I Am the Main Idea
Bump It Up

Formative Assessment - choice of 2 info graphic texts

Literary Device: Puns
Video and jot notes
Shared Reading, Advertisements using a pun
Fun with Puns activity
Nearpod PollingActivity: Puns in Advertisements
Sorting Ads, Pun and Not a Pun
Bump It Up
Nearpod Open Response: Puns in Advertising, choice between 2 ads.

Text Features
Create A Flipbook
Nearpod Activity: Text features, fill in the blanks
Text Mapping using Skitch
Shared Reading, Skitch, 2 Infographics
Small Group Text Mapping, Choice of 5 texts
Bump It Up

Text Structures
Text structures video
Group inquiry, assign text feature
Setting up SOLE stations
Using Audioboom, recording app & website for presentation
Setting Up Today’s Meet
Today’s Meet, text structure shared reading and discussion

Text Structures Writing Centers (descriptive, problem & solution, sequence, compare & contrast, cause & effect)

Today’s Meet, What are infographics? Discussion
Text features and info graphics, small group shared reading
choice of 6 different texts.
Creating Infographics, culminating activity using website easel.ly

Summative Assessment

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Teaching Duration
1 Month

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