Ants | Hands-on Insect Science

Students love studying insects and the ‘common’ ant may not be seem so common after this unit! Ants have some unique capabilities and there are more than 10,000 known ant species around the world. This resource is an interactive, hands-on Science project that will engage your classroom in student centered learning.

ANTS!

During the process, students will learn about

– Life Cycle of an Ant

– Types of ants

– Social structure of an Ant Colony

– Food and Habitat of Ants

– Ant Communication

– Ant Predators

– Positive and Negative Ecosystem Impact of Ants

– Anatomy of the Ant…and more!

Includes:

Informational text about ants (life of the ant, communication, food, appearance, anatomy, habitat and more)

Posters and diagrams of life cycle and ant anatomy

Flash cards of 15 different types of ants (pics and information)

Fun fact cards

Suggested vocabulary (with definitions)

Templates for project

Template instructions / Project instructions

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After completion, students will have a beautiful 3D project to keep. Projects can be individual or you can assign as a cooperative learning activity.

The Lion and the Mouse | Teaching Aesop’s Fable 2 Ways

Here is a fun, creative and different way to teach Aesop’s fable, The Lion and the Mouse! This Language Arts resource will use both the Caldecott’s winning picture book by Jerry Pinkney and the actual fable itself to help students gain understanding of the central theme and develop and practice important skills which will require attention to detail (both with illustration and text evidence). Students will be asked to give character analysis, describe the setting, develop a story map, explain cause and effect, show textual evidence and give opinions.

Section 1 (to be used with the Caldecott winning picture book) includes:

  • Guided Reading suggested questions
  • ‘Write the story’ worksheet
  • ‘Think about it’ worksheet
  • Character Analysis worksheets

Section 2 (to be used with the fable itself) includes:

  • Student copies of the fable
  • Character Analysis worksheet
  • ‘Central Message’ worksheet
  • ‘Textual Evidence’ worksheet
  • ‘Story Map’ worksheet
  • ‘Cause and Effect’ worksheet
  • ‘Relating to your own life’ worksheet (self narrative)
  • ‘Which version did you enjoy most’ worksheet (opinion)

Each writing worksheet offers 2 copies (one with dashed lines and one with single lines). This will allow you to choose which works best for students.

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Saint George and the Dragon | Caldecott Book Guided Reading and Response

Students like stories with heros and Saint George is one in this book!

Storyline: This story begins with a nameless knight riding around the plain who has never been to battle. Despite this, the Queen of Fairies sends him to fight a dragon who has been terrorizing their land. He travels with Una the princess of the land. On his way to the dragon the knight meets an old hermit on top of a hill who explains to him his English heritage and tells him his name is George. George meets the dragon laying down as if it was a hill itself. The dragon sees his sword and prepares for battle. After a hard-fought battle George eventually emerges triumphant and slays the dragon. The king, promising Una to whomever slays the dragon, fulfills his promise and marries George and Una. Although all is well in the land George still fights other battles for the Queen of Fairies and through these battles George becomes Saint George.

Why I’ve created a ‘GUIDED READING’ resource: Guided reading is ‘small-group reading instruction designed to provide differentiated teaching that supports students in developing reading proficiency‘. The small group model allows students to be taught in a way that is intended to be more focused on their specific needs, accelerating their progress. Questions in this resource have been designed to help assess students in a variety of ELA skills.

What this product includes:

For the Teacher:

  • Suggested Pre-Reading, About the Cover, After Reading and About the Art work questions are provided. These should be teacher directed.

For the Students:

  • Worksheet for students to answer questions from the story
  • Worksheet to produce questions both while reading and after reading
  • 2 art responses
  • BONUS: Dragon Shape Book to use at your discretion. Suggested uses: to create a book report or summary; to record unfamiliar vocabulary and definitions; to create their own original dragon story; to publish a dragon poem.

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Smoky Night | Caldecott Book Guided Reading Activities

Smoky Night is a 1994 children’s book by Eve Bunting. It tells the story of a Los Angeles riot and its aftermath through the eyes of a young boy named Daniel. The ongoing fires and looting force neighbors who previously disliked each other to work together to find their cats. In the end, the cats teach their masters how to get along. The book made the list of One Hundred Books that Shaped the Century compiled by the Staff at the School Library Journal. They added the book to the list as paving the way towards the genre of serious picture books. David Diaz’s acrylic, collage-like illustration of the tale earned the book the 1995 Caldecott Medal.

Here is an engaging resource to use when reading and studying the book and it’s topic….

This Reading / Literacy resource offers guided reading questions and student activities that will help students get the most from Eve Bunting’s book, Smoky Night. (1995 Caldecott Medal award winning book illustrated by David Diaz!) During this unit, students will be asked to give opinions, answer factual questions about the story, use critical thinking skills and be creative!

What it includes:

For the Teacher:

  • Suggested Pre-Reading, About the Cover, After Reading and About the Art work questions are provided. These should be teacher directed.
    Guided reading is ‘small-group reading instruction designed to provide differentiated teaching that supports students in developing reading proficiency’. The small group model allows students to be taught in a way that is intended to be more focused on their specific needs, accelerating their progress. Questions have been designed to help assess students in a variety of ELA skills (see those chosen).

For the Students:

  • Worksheet for students to answer questions from the story
  • Worksheet to produce questions while reading
  • Worksheet to produce questions after finishing the reading
  • 3 art responses
  • Vocabulary – Word Wall / Flash Cards with definitions provided (Suggested use: Have students match definitions and discuss during group)
  • Vocabulary Fill-in-the-blank worksheet
  • 2 extended writing prompts with pages to produce student writing.

All writing pages include dashed and solid lines because this has been designed for 1st -3rd grades. You choose what is best for your students’ needs and abilities!

Lexile Measure: 360L

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