During our unit, we learn about main idea and key details in text. We also begin our informational writing unit. Here are some books that we are going to use to help us learn about polar bears.
Vocabulary is a big part of this unit. This will help us with our writing and understanding of the text we read and listen to.
I like to show real pictures of vocabulary words whenever 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. These picture file cards are used to show what a word means and then place in a tub for students to look at on their own.
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. I have them watch and listen to QR code videos during listen to reading time.
Throughout our learning this week, we will have discussions about our findings with polar bears. I use discussion cards put together to help guide our conversations and writing ideas.
We use various graphic organizers to help organize our learning.
One of the cool things we lean about polar bears is the size of their paws. Did you know they are about 12 inches wide? First, we read What if You Had Animal Feet?
Next, we measure 12 inches with measuring cubes and then cut out polar bear feet that are 12 inches wide. I have tracers already made, but I have them measure first. We add pads and write:
“If I had polar bear feet I would…”
It is very dramatic to walk into the classroom with 20 polar bear paws hanging around the classroom. They are large!
If you are interested in this polar bear nonfiction pack you can click below.
You can also find this unit in my TPT store.