Focus on Informational and Fictional Content Literacy Unit
In my last blog post I discussed how authors are combining fictional and informational content together, the literature selection “The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carle is a good example of this. It takes the students on a journey of how a seed must overcome different obstacles before transforming into a plant. This allows students to infer information from a fictional viewpoint.
A Gift for My Newsletter Subscribers – Access to “The Tiny Seed” Mini Literacy Unit
In this blog post I have also included a link to the mini unit I will be implementing in May related to the literature selection “The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carle. This is my way of thanking my newsletter subscribers, Facebook and Google Plus followers for taking the time to read and post responses. A modified version of this unit can be found in my TPT store (FREE). A complete version is available to paid members in the “Plants Theme Unit”.
Plants Theme – More Ideas
More related plant theme ideas can be found in the link below:
WHAT IS INLCUDED IN THIS MINI UNIT?
Emergent Reader – Simple Retelling of the Literature Selection
The emergent readers have proven to be invaluable to my teaching, I use them as a base to teach all early reading skills. I will use the emergent reader “The Tiny Seed Retelling” as a follow-up to reading the literature selection “The Tiny Seed”. I project the color version on my Smart Board to use for shared reading. I like to focus on specific reading strategies during this time (outlined within the unit). The black and white version I use for my guided reading groups and as a home reading book to keep.
Follow-Up Writing and Craft Activity
I will use the literature selection “The Tiny Seed” along with other books and videos to gather information about seeds and plants. In the link below is an online version of the book.
Literacy Centers or Stations
Literacy Center One – Rhyming Matching Game – 32 Rhyming Picture Cards
Using the rhyming picture cards (32 pairs) and large poster board, I created the matching rhyming activity displayed on the right. There were three different boards, so if a student completed one board, they would exchange with another individual within their group. There was also an answer key that outlined the correct pairs, this allowed the students to check their own completed task independently.
Litearcy Center Two – Identify and Print Review Game – Group of 6
Place a plastic page protector over the printing sheet so it can be reused. This can be a partner or individual game. Each player is given a printing sheet. The players are also given a set of alphabet picture cards. Players draw a picture card and determine which letter represents the beginning sound. They must print the letter that represents the initial letter sound with an erasible marker. If they draw a picture of a letter that has already been printed on their printing board, this is placed in the discarded pile to be used after all the cards have been drawn. The game is over once all the letters have been printed.
In small baggies I enclose a CVC picture card, along with the word printed on bingo chips. The students (partners or individuals) select a bag, stretch the sounds heard in the CVC word represented in the picture and place the letters in the correct order that make that word. After, they print the word they have made. The object of the game is to make 8 CVC words and print them. After, I ask them come and read the words to an adult helper or me. If they can read the words, they receive a sticker.
Literacy Center Four – Alphabet Name and Ordering – Group of 6
The students would take a tweezer to pick up a seed (great fine motor activity) and plant the seed on an alphabet letter name they can identify on the game board. The object of the game is to plant all the seeds to cover the game board.
Literacy Center Five - Planting The Seeds – Sight Word Game – Group of 6
Same as above, only the students would be planting the seeds according to sight words they could say.
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