external image images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTNguBn-DSEsotExcRzMkw-8Lci997NaulWJyGOg-MT_7xRdYjTAlphabet Books and Children Who Read Them: Week 4

Theme Essential Question: Why is it important to ask questions while you are reading?

Essential Questions:
What makes up a complete sentence?
What types of sentences are there?
How do we determine what is fact or opinion (fiction/non-fiction)?
How do we research more about a topic?

  • Explain the major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, such as Our Library and School Bus. (RL.1.5)
  • recognize that there are different types of text
  • distinguish between text that gives information and text that tells a story
  • define the meanings of fiction and nonfiction
  • explain the major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information
  • distinguish and sort major categories of writing (e.g., stories, poems, informational text). (RL.1.5)
  • analyze categories of writing
  • compare/contrast categories of writing
  • explain why we use different categories of writing
  • sort categories of writing
  • Ask and answer questions about key information in nonfiction texts, such as a book about healthy foods . (R.I.1.1)
  • recognize what a question is
  • distinguish how a question is alike and different from a telling sentence
  • define the meanings of question words who, what, when, where, and why
  • use these question words to ask questions orally as a story is read aloud
  • explain how to answer a question using text as support
  • answer questions before, during, and after reading for questions that ask who, what, when, why, and how
  • Produce and expand complete simple and compound exclamatory sentences in response to a prompt. (L.1.1j)
  • recognize what a simple and compound exclamatory sentence is
  • define what a simple and compound exclamatory sentences is
  • produce a simple and compound exclamatory sentence
  • expand a simple and compound exclamatory sentence
  • Write an informative essay on a healthy living topic, such as eating healthy foods. (W.1.2)
  • research a healthy living topic
  • list facts on a healthy living topic
  • describe what an informative essay is
  • construct an informative essay

Cross Curricular Standards
(insert standards here)

Product: Informative writing about exercising
Key Questions (match Standard): How can we stay healthy by exercising? What are ways to get exercise?
Observable Student Behaviors: Students will research and write down different ways of staying healthy through exercise. They will document these on their informative writing piece, following this rubric. Look for appropriate capitalization and punctuation, etc. as well.

Suggested Activities
  • Throughout this unit, students are reading from a variety of texts: stories, poems, and informational texts. When you have a ten-minute block, play “I Spy” with the children (e.g., “I spy an informational book,” “I spy a non-fiction book”). The students then have to guess which book you are looking at in the display of unit books. (RL.1.5, L.1.1)
  • Have students identify a vocabulary word and use it appropriately in a sentence. Help them look for context clues to determine the meaning of the word. (L.1.4, L.1.2)
  • Shared reading: Feel free to use any of the Common Core books as shared reading books by putting them up on the Smartboard and reading them with your students. Make sure it’s reader-friendly enough for your students and that you can zoom in enough to where they can read it as well.
  • Editing Marks - Have students read their writing paper and have them Circle all beginning capital letters with a green crayon, then all the ending marks with a red crayon. Explain to students that “Green Means Go, Read Means Stop”. (L.1.1)
  • See Jordan School District website for additional resources for this unit.

Homework: Home/School Connection: Provide parents with a copy of “Questions for Any Book”. This page has some questions using Bloom’s Taxonomy which they can use to discuss a home reading book or library book with their child.


Literary Texts
Our Library by Eve Bunting and Maggie Smith
School Bus by Donald Crews
Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z (Harcourt Brace Big Book) (Lois Ehlert)
“How to Eat a Poem” (Eve Merriam) (EA)

Other Activities, etc.