For grades 3-6 with multiple standards covered some of which are reading for information. The standards are listed at the bottom of this posting. This 40 page product has test-prep selections for combining and integrating informational text,vocabulary support, social studies connections, habitat references for a science connection, and text-dependent questions. The text dependent questions include extended response as well as short answer. I can see this being used in grades 3-6 depending upon student reading levels. Students will be able to read about six different wildcats and know what is similar and what is different by combining the information from all the different cats.
I added full page texts for each of the six wildcats in the snapshots section. This way teachers can present one cat at a time versus the two at a time from the smaller snapshots. Teachers can choose the exposure to the information this way. The larger font is easier to read however, the benefit of the snapshots is that they can be pasted into notebooks more easily. Students could also create wildcat "books" of information with this material.
Additionally I included some fun items, too. The inference match cards could go into a literacy center. The wildcat riddles could also be a literacy center item. The jaguar puzzle is great for fast finishers or it could be an incentive item.
This would also be a great unit to begin a research project. The credits include some websites students could explore further.
This file includes:
1. Six Brazilian wild cat snapshots. Each snapshot has text and a photo of the wildcat.
2. Core reading standards for third, fourth, and fifth grade
3. An Amazon Rainforest habitat poster
4. Vocabulary preview (2 pages)
5. Vocabulary anchor chart
6. Fact sheet with a map of Brazil and fact box
7. Word work scavenger hunt
8. Note card template for internet research
9. Comparison writing stationary
10. Comparison graphic organizer
11. Wild cat fact wheel organizer
12. Definitions handout
13. Text-dependent questions for test prep with mulitple choice, short answer, and extended response ( answers are printed in pale blue so as not to reproduce on copiers)
14. Report template
15. Wild cat riddles
16. Journal template
17. Inference match task cards
18. Jaguar puzzle
19. Wild cat list template
20. Differentiated organizer: Animal illustration with adaptions and needs only
21. Report outline with adaptions, needs, enemies, characteristics, diet, habitat.
22. Main Idea organizer
23. Full page text for each of the wildcats with larger font
RI.5.9 Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
RI 5.1. Quote accurately from the text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
RI 5.4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
RF 5.4. Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
W 5.2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
W 5.4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task.
RI.4.9 Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
RI 4.1. Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
RI 4.4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology.
RF 4.4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
W 4.2. Write informative explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
W. 4.4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
RI 3.1. Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as a basis for the answers.
RI 3.4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from non-literal language.
RI 3.7. Use information gained from illustrations and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text.
W 3.2. Write informative explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
W 3.4. With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.
Of course mix and match the items that will fit your purposes best. However, the text dependent questions do include facts from the map page, vocabulary notes, and the text box. I designed the text dependent questions with third-fifth grade standardized testing in mind. Naturally, this unit can be used without these questions; however, they would be beneficial to you as an assessment piece for reading comprehension.
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