A Tree is a Plant: This workbook is designed to accompany the Common Core exemplar text for 1st grade informational texts [A Tree is a Plant by Clyde Robert Bulla]. The illustrations by Stacey Schuett contribute to the beauty of the book. The workbook has designed with 1st graders in mind, but can easily be used by high kindergarteners at the end of the year, or early 2nds.
The workbook includes a variety of exercises to develop literacy skills for reading informational texts as outlined in the CCSC. The workbook also includes foundational skills, including phonics, silent E, rhymes, and counting syllables. Check the standards listed for a complete overview of the CCSC items covered.
Questions provide the opportunity for students to practice different answer formats: short answer, complete sentences, choose the correct answer, true/false, labeling, and so on.
Many of the questions require the students to use the illustrations to get additional information, in addition to the facts in the text. This skill is one that is highlighted to meet the CCSC standards for informational texts. Other questions ask the students to go beyond the text, bringing in knowledge from their own backgrounds to find the answers.
This workbook packet also covers writing non-fiction/informational texts at a grade-appropriate level, with a template for students to write their own book about trees. The writing skill exercises leading up to this include punctuation, leaving spaces between words, capitalization, and organizing facts from the reading to make a paragraph.