This is an Iroquois legend that explains the changing of the seasons as well as the "Great Bear" constellation. The passage includes challenging vocabulary and reading comprehension questions that are closely aligned to state testing. There is also differentiated group work. Students can complete this independently or work together in collaborative groups. Students will not only answer the multi-skill comprehension questions, but they also write a summary which can be used as an assessment.
Suggestions for Using this Pack:
Before Reading I explained to students that legends were often told to explain phenomenon in nature or to instill morals into a culture. Then, we discussed and reviewed vocabulary that would be challenging in the story.
During Reading- I read the story with my class in a whole group setting. I had students come up to the front of the class and act out the story while I narrated.
After Reading, we read the story and students had a good understanding, I organized students into groups of 4-5 based on ability level.
Approaching-Students approaching grade level worked with me in a small group to complete the character trait bubble map on the Great Bear. We discussed character traits and looked for text evidence to support our findings.
Low -Students completed the story map and drew illustrations that retold the story.
On- Students created a bubble map based on the character traits of the fattest and laziest brother and provided textual evidence to support their findings.
Above-Students identified an event to place in the center of the multi-flow map and then found causes and effects based on the text. They had the choice to draw illustrations or write.
After Group WorkStudents independently completed the reading comprehension questions and then completed the summary for homework using the summary graphic organizer.
*You can have students complete everything independently, it’s up to you!*