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Exploring Fiction and Nonfiction with Caterpillars and Butterflies

CURRICULUM

Exploring Fiction and Nonfiction with Caterpillars and Butterflies

Unit Overview

EXPLORING FICTION AND NONFICTION WITH CATERPILLARS AND BUTTERFLIES

Kindergarten
8 lessons
The central theme of this unit is to help children understand the components of fiction compared to nonfiction by reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar and nonfiction texts on caterpillars and butterflies.
This unit consists of eight lessons that focus on fiction and nonfiction text.  This unit could focus on any topic that interests children such as tadpoles and frogs by substituting the books used in each lesson.
Handouts including graphic organizers
Formative and Summative Assessment
Glossary

Unit Plan: Lessons

This unit includes eight lessons that can be implemented in a two-week period.

Read-Aloud from a Fiction Text Word HTML (with links to documents)
Using a Story Map to Identify Story Elements Word HTML (with links to documents)
What is Nonfiction? Word HTML (with links to documents)
Using a Venn Diagram to Compare Two Texts Word HTML (with links to documents)
Exploring Nonfiction Texts Word HTML (with links to documents)
Discovering Nonfiction Text Characteristics Word HTML (with links to documents)
Using a Venn Diagram to Compare Fiction and Nonfiction Characteristics Word HTML (with links to documents)
Deciding which is a Fiction Text or Nonfiction Text Word HTML (with links to documents)

 Essential Questions:

What are the characteristics of fiction?
What are the characteristics of nonfiction?

Summative Assessment:

PREVIOUS LEARNING           TARGETED LEARNING                  FUTURE LEARNING

Applies early reading skills.  (MO Early Childhood Literacy Standards)

R1E:  Develop vocabulary by listening to and discussing unknown words in stories

Develop vocabulary through text, using base words and classroom resources.

Applies early reading skills.  (MO Early Childhood Literacy Standards)

R1F:  Develop and apply with assistance, pre-reading strategies to aid comprehension—access prior knowledge, preview text and pictures, and make general predictions

Develop and apply, with assistance, prereading strategies to comprehension—access prior knowledge, preview, predict with evidence, and set a purpose for reading with assistance.

Applies early reading skills.  (MO Early Childhood Literacy Standards)

R1H:  Develop and demonstrate with assistance, post-reading skills after reading or read-alouds to respond to text—questions to clarify, retell, illustrate, and re-enact stories

Develop and apply post-reading skills to respond to text—questions to clarify, retell, reflect, analyze, and draw conclusions.

Applies early reading skills.  (MO Early Childhood Literacy Standards)

R1I:  Identify connections, with assistance, between text ideas-similarities and differences in various real and make believe works (fiction and nonfiction) and text ideas and own experiences

Identify connections between text ideas-similarities and differences in various fiction and nonfiction works with assistance and text ideas and own experiences

Applies early reading skills.  (MO Early Childhood Literacy Standards)

 

R2A: Locate and apply information in title, pictures, and names of author and illustrator, with assistance

Locate and apply information in title, pictures and names of author and illustrator (R2A)

Applies early reading skills.  (MO Early Childhood Literacy Standards)

 

R2C: Uses details from text to identify story elements (main characters and problem)

Use details from text to identify

·         characters

·         problem

·         solutions

·         events in logical sequence

Applies early reading skills.  (MO Early Childhood Literacy Standards)

R3A: Develop an awareness that text and pictures provide information

Identify, and explain information in text, pictures, title and charts.

Applies early reading skills.  (MO Early Childhood Literacy Standards)

R3C: In response to text develop questions to clarify meaning, answer questions and discuss text, recognize important information, and identify supporting details

Uses details from text to ask questions to clarify understanding, recognize important information in text, identify main ideas, and identify supporting details

Applies early reading skills.  (MO Early Childhood Literacy Standards)

LS1A: Listen for enjoyment, for information, for simple directions with teacher assistance

Listen for enjoyment, for information, and for simple directions