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Engage your students with this fun Weather Unit! It contains passages, questions, and a wide variety of resources needed to teach a rigorous unit on weather. It includes nonfiction passages for CLOSE Reading to help teach your students about weather (not familiar with CLOSE reading? It’s okay, we have instructions and anchor charts to help you incorporate it into your teaching).
There are text dependent questions aligned with each passage, a set of vocabulary cards with definitions to accompany the passages, and much, much more. A variety of other graphic organizers and activities are included as well.
We do encourage you to supplement with any other books, videos, and websites that you already use; they will blend nicely with our CLOSE reading passages. You can use this unit in its entirety, or “pick and choose” the components to meet the needs of your students.
This unit contains the following elements:
• CLOSE reading nonfiction passages with illustrations:
o Passage number one is “What is weather?”
o Passage number two is “The Water Cycle”
o Passage number three is “Clouds”
o Passage number four is “Types of Weather”
o Passage number five is “Meteorology and Forecasting”
• Vocabulary cards with definitions for each CLOSE reading passage
• CLOSE Reading Instructions PowerPoint (or handout) explaining the steps of CLOSE Reading
• Anchor Charts for student annotation and Discussion Topics for CLOSE Reading
• “Text Dependent Questions”, to be used after all passages are read; this is intended as a summative assessment, or practice in citing textual evidence and giving examples from the reading of nonfiction text
• Common Core Essential questions (to be used after all passages are read, can be used as a summative assessment or a performance task)
• RAFT ideas (explanation included if you’re not familiar with RAFTS)
• Cognitive Content Dictionary (to be made into a “book” for student vocabulary words, definitions, and pictures
• KWL Chart ( you can use this at the beginning of the unit to ascertain what they may already know about the weather)
• Venn Diagram to compare and contrast similarities and differences.
• A Tree Map Graphic Organizer ( a grammar component for students to analyze the words in the passages and their parts of speech)
• A CLOZE worksheet (a fill-in the blank) worksheet and answer sheet to accompany each passage to assess vocabulary attainment and your students’ ability to utilize context clues.
Here's our weather Unit including our Weather Research Report! Weather Unit with Passages and Text Dependent Questions Unit BUNDLE
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