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Looking for a short reading activity to do with your young learners? Discuss animals and their life expectancy with Beth Braddock’s How Long Do Animals Live?. Simple comprehension questions are provided, and there’s a short writing activity included. For the writing component, consider having learners guess the average lifespan of a certain animal (like a chinchilla), and provide a prize for the closest guess!
The perfect activity to follow a class field trip to the zoo! Young scientists use photos of different animals to observe their characteristics and sort them into appropriate categories. Learners can come up with all kinds of categories as long as they justify their thinking. informational texts can act as good supplemental materials for this exercise as well as good texts to share with older reading buddies. Finally, learners will create animal classification collages!
Tag along with Travis the Train as he encounters various baby animals that live on the farm. The spring time story introduces special-needs or autistic children to the types of plants and animals found on farms, each animal is identified by its type and baby animal name. An additional sorting activity suggestion makes this a great resource.
What kind of animal made those tracks? Explore some wild vocabulary in context as learners listen to Arthur Dorros' book, Animal Tracks. Before your read this, introduce the new words like bother, dam, reed, reflection, and tracks, prompting kids to raise hands when they hear one in the text. There are excellent comprehension questions to get scholars making connections. Check out the graphic organizers for struggling learners!
Animals are amazing at disguise! Explore the different ways they escape view as scholars learn vocabulary-in-context through Jim Arnosky's book I See Animals Hiding. Prepare pupils to raise their hands when they hear the words by acquainting them before reading. The wild words included here are: blend, camouflage, invisible, replace, scene, and unnoticed. There are connection questions for each term, and the linked graphic organizers are a great way to synthesize this information.
Get your kinesthetic learners engaged in a vocabulary study using Karen Pandell's book, Animal Action ABC. They move around as you read, and raise their hands whenever they hear one of the words you are learning. Pre-teach the terms: inflate, peek, rely, scan, and vault. Prompt connections with familiar concepts using the comprehension questions for each term; choose to do these before, during, or after reading. The vocabulary graphic organizers are an excellent option for visual learners.
Does your class love reading cartoons? Use their talents and interests to examine the process of writing a story they wish to tell through a cartoon. They develop the beginning, middle, and end of a story based on their original characters, which they will then animate. Next, they create storyboards of the visuals they wish to portray. This lesson helps with character and plot development and would be a good addition to a narrative writing unit.