Weather: What Causes Rain? is a unit that begins with reading a fiction selection, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, and Literature Circles modified for primary readers. Students then read a non-fiction passage, What Causes Rain?, which is an informational text written for primary readers. The activities included require students to interact with text in a way that addresses some of the CCSS. Students will read, write, think and talk about text. They will support their answers and learn how to cite evidence. The culminating activity choices are designed to encourage critical thinking. The text is designed to be rigorous for young readers.
Kindergarten students can be introduced to informational text and practice responding to it. However, at that level, teachers would probably need to do the lessons whole group.
Third grade teachers may find that this is not appropriate for their stronger readers, but it will work for struggling readers.
Pg. 3 CCSS alignment
Pg. 4-8 Teacher Directions and Lesson Plans
Pgs. 9-11 Early Readers Literature Circle Forms
Pgs. 12-16 Emergent Readers Literature Circle Forms
Pgs. 17-20 Response to Literature printables
Pg. 21 Color version of What Causes Rain?
Pg. 22 B&W printable version of What Causes Rain?
Pgs. 23-24 Informational Text response sheets
Pg. 25 Directed Note-Taking printable
Pg. 26 Color Diagram of Water Cycle (labeled)
Pg. 27 B&W Diagram of Water Cycle (not labeled)
Pgs. 28-29 Water Cycle Wheel Book printables
Pg. 30 Culmination Activity Ideas
Pg. 31 Product Page
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