The first day of Hanukkah falls on a different day each year because the Jewish calendar is lunar based. This holiday usually occurs between the end of November and the end of December. The Menorah, or candle holder, is an important part of the tradition of Hanukkah and it is why this holiday is often referred to as the Festival of Lights. Hanukkah is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, spinning the dreidel, and eating traditional foods such as latkes potato pancakes.
This has become one of my favorite units to teach students. This post is part of a series of posts on Informational Writing.
Below is what we did during our first week. I chose to have students write about sea turtles. I have no reason for picking that topic, other than the fact that I could find text on it quickly. This new article is a two-page text with vivid photos, a one-page text with no photos, fact sort, and QR codes.
For our writing assessment, students have to read and watch a video about an animal and then write an informational paragraph that includes an opening, facts and details, and a closing.
The requirements basically follow the Common Core Standards for Writing for second grade. Each week, we go through the same processwhere we gather facts, sort facts, and write about an animal. Gather Facts As a class, we used a mind map to share out all that we knew about sea turtles and filled in the top of our map.
We filled in the top part green prior to any reading or watching. It does have sea turtles mating. My boys giggled and then got over it. After watching the video, we came back to the carpet and checked our facts.
We also added what we learned from the video to the bottom of the circle map in red and orange. During the reading, I walked students through reading each paragraph in a variety of ways. Sometimes I read the paragraph and had students following along.
When I use this method, I wills top on random words and students need to say the next word. I do this to ensure students are following along. One partner will read the paragraph and the other partner will either read the same paragraph or read the next paragraph.
I basically vary how we read the text to meet the needs of all my learners. After each paragraph, we stop and record facts that we learned in that paragraph so that students can remember the details.
I find that if we read too much, students will only remember the last part that we read and not what they read three paragraphs ago. While sharing, I also will have students tell their partner a fact before sharing out whole group. Each fact has the same format: I wanted to make this as easy as possible for my lower readers with a standard sentence structure.
Later on in studyI do a few mini-lessons on combining sentences and making complex sentences. However, all my sorts have simple sentences to accommodate all learners.
Day 3 through 5: Write our paragraphs Since this was the first week of our unit, I gave students the introductory and concluding sentences. My focus for this week was on the process that we will repeat each week throughout our unit: Students wrote down three facts from their sort.
I had them write down one fact from each column. In future weeks, I amend that direction to have students focus on one column and organizing their facts about one attribute.
I plan to focus on a different animal each week. Using text and video to gather facts, we will go through the same process so that it is familiar and ingrained. Each week, I will also focus on one component of expository writing for the mini-lessons. Eventually, we get to writing about a group of related facts, combining sentences, using transition words.Formerly known as Scholastic Printables, we offer printable activities for any subject: math, science, reading comprehension, STEM, writing, and beyond.
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