Students will read a variety of informational texts about one topic in order to build knowledge and compare the approach the authors take. Students will build upon what they learned in quarter 1, by asking questions to clarify their understanding. The required Texts for this unit are Do Polar Bears Snooze in Hollow Trees by Laura Salas and Hibernationby Kira Freed.
Students will build on what they learned about in informational writing. Students will continue with shared research while moving towards independent writing.
Students will use basic sentence structure to demonstrate noun verb agreement. With prompting, students will produce statements using a variety of sentence structures and using past, present and future verb tenses. Students will learn foundational skills through the implementation of the district’s scope and sequence of Project Read.
Humanities In this unit, students learn about two of the universal human needs: water and food. They learn about geography and the difference between saltwater and freshwater, about how other cultures access water, and about what foods other people eat. They will compare the foods that they eat with the foods that others eat, with the goal of making “foreign” foods seem less foreign. Finally, they will examine different versions of the story “Stone Soup.” (In science class, students can learn about the makeup of water, the water cycle, and other information about water. In order to learn about the water cycle, students can use the following experiment: https:// www3. epa.gov/ safewater/ kids/.)
How can I compare and contrast two texts on the same topic to gather information?
How can I use illustrations to describe key details?
How can I write an informative piece that states the topic, gives some facts and provides a closing?
Informational Reading Standards Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by the words in a text (RI 1.6). Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas (RI 1.7). Identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text (RI 1.8). Identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures) (RI 1.9). Reading Foundational Skills Segment spoken single-syllable words into their complete sequence of individual sounds (phonemes)(RF 1.2d) Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds(RF 1.3c) Use knowledge that every syllable must have a vowel sound to determine the number of syllables in a printed word (RF 1.3d) Decode two-syllable words following basic patterns by breaking the words into syllables (RF 1.3.e) Read words with inflectional endings. (RF 1.3f) Recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words (RF 1.3g). Read grade-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings (RF 1.4b).
Writing Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure. (W1.2) Language Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking(L 1.1) Use singular and plural nouns with matching verbs in basic sentences(L 1.1c) Use verbs to convey a sense of past, present, and future.(L 1.1e) Produce and expand complete simple and compound declarative, interrogative, imperative, and explanatory sentences in response to prompts.(L 1.1j) Use end punctuation for sentences.(L 1.2b) Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade one reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.(L 1.4)
Speaking and Listening Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups. (SL 1.1) Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion). (SL 1.1a) Build on others' talk in conversations by responding to the comments of others through multiple exchanges. (SL 1.1b) Ask questions to clear up any confusion about the topics and texts under discussion.(SL 1.1c) Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.(SL 1.4)
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