We will be learning about main details and key facts this week and we are going to begin some informational writing. Here are some books that we are going to use to help us learn about polar bears.
We are learning all sorts of vocabulary. This will help us with our writing and understanding of the text we read and listen to.
I like to show pictures of vocabulary words when I can. I made some picture file cards to go along with our unit. There is a picture on one side and the definition on the other. I place these in a tub in my library so my students can look at them whenever they want.
In addition to reading books, we will also look are some polar bear articles and watch some short videos about polar bears.
One of the things I love about the Next Generation Standards is the fact that the students are encouraged to use media to learn about the standards. My students absolutely love it when I give them QR code videos to watch. We have practiced how to listen for important details and write down those details as a class. So now I have them watch and listen to QR code videos during listen to reading time.
Throughout our learning this week, I will pull out these discussion cards. I put together higher level thinking questions on a binder ring. This will help guide my discussions and writing ideas.
I also prepped various graphic organizers to help us get ready for writing.
One of the cool things we learned about polar bears was the size of their paws. Did you know they are about 12 inches wide? Well, first we read What if You Had Animal Feet?
Next we measured 12 inches with measuring cubes and then cut out polar bear feet that were 12 inches wide. I had already made tracers, but I had them measure first. We added pads and wrote:
“If I had polar bear feet I would…”
I think that I am ready for next week! I just need to make a couple of anchor charts and then I will be ready to roll. If you are interested in my Polar Bear nonfiction unit, you can find it in my Teacher Bag Store or TPT.