The Great Kapok Tree is a common core fiction and non-fiction unit. It contains literature circle forms and directions and fiction Close Read tasks to go along with the book by Lynne Cherry. It also contains an original non-fiction passage with non-fiction Close Reading activities. There are also optional follow-up activities. Close Reading is an effective strategy for teaching students how to tackle complex text. In grades K-2, it is recommended that Close Reads be done as either read alouds or with teacher support. Grades 3 and up should begin completing Close Reads independently. Close Reads require students to speak. listen, write, and grapple with text. The non-fiction passage is written to be rigorous for primary readers. First grade and struggling second grade readers should do this as a read aloud. Second graders and low third graders should be able to access text, but may need some support.
Literature Circle directions and forms
5 Vocabulary cards to display
Vocabulary Pictionary forms
Fiction Close Reading printables
Vocabulary Task (Synonyms)
Comprehension Task (Character Analysis)
Comprehension Task (Problem/Solution)
Speaking/Listening Task (Use evidence from a text to support an opinion)
Writing Task (There is no separate writing task. Writing is embedded in the other tasks.)
Color version of The Rainforest passage
B&W version of The Rainforest passage
Close Reading Task printables
Vocabulary Task (Use context)
Comprehension Task (Compare and Contrast)
Speaking/Listening Task (Use evidence from a text to participate in a discussion)
Writing Task (R.A.F.T.)
My Life in the Rainforest story writing
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