Sunday, December 24, 2017

Polar and Arctic Animals...

Brrrrrr!  Let's visit the North and South Poles.
These two areas are filled with amazing animals for students to learn about.
This packet is FILLED with informational text as well as delightful fiction stories related to this topic allowing students to read, research, and write.  (Filling several standards students are to master.)
The fiction stories suggested are followed by delightful activities that allow students to practice their comprehension skills.
Let's DIVE in and see what is available in this Arctic packet.

Your class will love creating these Arctic cuties.
They will be adorable on a bulletin board or hanging on a wall.
Check out my Pinterest page that has other adorable craft ideas.

There are 16 vocabulary cards for posting.
If laminated students can use them for ABC order or you can post them on a bulletin board or wall and your class can use sticky notes to add facts about each of the 12 animals included in this packet.
Walrus, Arctic Hare, Moose, Polar Bear, Penguin, Snow Owl, Orca Whale, Seal, Arctic Fox, Arctic Wolf, Caribou, Inuit People
These are just a FEW of the wonderful books I use for informational text.
For each animal there is a page filled with informational text.
I love these because students can keep them and then highlight and circle key concepts.
There is also an Arctic mini book with each of the animals included.
The text is somewhat simpler but key facts about each animal are included.

Following the text there are a number graphic organizers for students to gather their thoughts.
If I were __________ I, eat, have.
Cause and effect...the tundra is flat and do the animals adapt. the text key words are underlined.
Developing an understanding of these key words helps students understand information presented.

Making inferences...Why is a polar bears fur white?
Making connections (compare and contrast the arctic animals)

And here are three differentiated graphic organizers for gathering ideas.

There are organizers for a book search and internet search.

After all information has been gathered there are two ways of writing.
One is making a class book about the animal they researched.

The other is a mini book.
There are helpful sentence starters for students as well as blank pages.
After all reports have been given your class will enjoying collecting data and writing about it.

There are two label me pages as well as Fact and Opinion, True and False.

My class enjoyed learning about the group of people that inhabit this area.
There is a text page and a mini book filled with information.
These are also followed by graphic organizers and pages for writing.
The pieces of literature are my favorite.
They have adorable story lines and students can gather facts from the stories.

Each story has a comprehension page to follow the reading.

Each activity follows a different format for the specific stories.
And for your literacy centers here are word work activities.
Making Words
Word Search
ABC Order


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