I just love Jan Brett! Her stories are so amazing. I find something new every time I read one of her stories. I especially love to use similar stores to compare and contrast. "The Three Snow Bears" is the perfect story to use! I created this unit to use as a close read after reading the traditional "Three Bears" story! I have even included a compare and contrast section for comparing fiction and nonfiction! Great critical thinking skills are covered! This unit is full of activities to use during full group, small group and center times!
In this unit you will find the following:
- “Write the Room” activity (using key story vocabulary) and 2 different response sheet for differentiation
-5 Story elements anchor charts (characters, setting, plot, problem and solution)
-5 different story elements foldables (characters, settings, retelling-beginning middle and end, key vocabulary, problem and solution)
- story elements interactive booklet: settings, characters, story sequencing, problem and solution in a cute interactive booklet
- Response to literature writing tasks: Favorite character, favorite part of the story, 3 different making a connection writing prompts
-4 different pocket chart surveys (Who was your favorite character? Did you like the story? Would you be Aloo-ki’s friend? Do you think Aloo-ki will return to the three bear’s igloo?) Also included: student response slip for graphing, Question and other headers for pocket chart and a data recording and examination answer sheet for each of the 4 surveys.
-vocabulary for the story: full and half page sheets, pocket chart/word wall set of the words with pictures.
-counting syllables of the vocabulary words and response sheet so that it may be put in a center.
-Character Study section:
-foldables for all characters
-T-charts (is, has, does) for all characters
-a series of Venn Diagrams for comparing and contrasting characters
-circle maps for each character in color and black and white
-retelling interactive booklet (with a handy pocket to store the puppets in when not using!)
-pocket chart retelling cards
-retelling crown (My kids love crowns, so I had to include this! )
-story elements dice
-comprehension questions dice
-Extra compare and contrast (fiction vs. nonfiction) section:
-“Polar Bears” read aloud (non-fiction reading)
-Polar bears can, have, are T-chart in color and B&W
-Real vs Make believe Polar bears Venn Diagram in color and B&W
-Fiction and non-fiction anchor charts
Let’s Compare Stories section:
-Comparing The Three Bears to The Three Snow Bears stories (Venn Diagram
-Comparing each character in the Snow Bears story to the corresponding character in the Three Bears story (4 Venn Diagrams)
-Fun Extras Section:
-Mixed up sentences center activity and response sheet
-Roll, Say, Keep CVC words and response sheet
Common Core Standards:
RL.1.1 I can ask and answer questions about key details in a text. RL.1.2 I can identify the main topic and key details in a text.
RL.1.3 I can describe character, setting, and major events in a story.
RL.1.5 I can explain the differences between fiction and nonfiction text.
RL.1.7 I can use details in a story to describe characters, settings, and events.
RL.1.9 I can compare and contrast characters in stories.
W.1.1 I can write about my opinion and supply a reason.
W.1.5 I can respond to a writing prompt.
W.1.8 I can write about my experiences.
L.1.4 I can use context clues to figure out the meaning of a word or phrase.
1.MD.4 I can gather and interpret data and answer questions like how many?, how many more?, or less?
All of the activities are aligned to common core. They provide your students with engaging, interactive activities that promote understanding of many different reading elements. Many also promote higher level critical thinking opportunities that will make your readers think and obtain a deeper understanding of the text that they are studying! Your students will love the activities!