I am thrilled to begin an ELA unit to kick off the fall! You’ll want to take a look at this one, because it will keep you up to speed on the skills you need. This unit is designed around my favorite season of the year: FALL! If you are looking for ways to tie your lessons into fall, THIS is the ELA unit for you!
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Here are the skills addressed in this unit: Boost It With Vocabulary FALL Unit
- Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers
- Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
- Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events
- Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
- Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
- Develop the topic with facts, definitions, and details.
- Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
- Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Get ready to get the most out of the most colorful season. You can teach READING, GRAMMAR, and WRITING all at once!
HOW IS THE UNIT COVERED?
The whole unit begins with vocabulary activities. The activities can be taught as a whole group, with a small group or as individual activities. As vocabulary words are introduced, reading passages with embedded vocabulary words will cement the words studied. Add in the grammar exercises and you get a whole lot of fall content! The end of this unit is covered by writing a research paper OR writing a fable.
HOW TO TEACH THE UNIT
The grade level standards are in line with 3rd-5th grade. All of the ELA standards for 3rd-5th grade build upon each other. These lessons can be used along with our other Boost It With Vocabulary Units, or can be used to supplement your current curriculum.
This unit is very flexible in a way to teach in any way the teacher sees fit. Below you will find an example of the three stories included about squirrels. You can use this solely as a reading/writing unit with the report writing as the activity.
COMPONENT NUMBER 1
Vocabulary– It is a proven fact that vocabulary knowledge is tightly related to comprehension. This is why I we made these units vocabulary heavy. Concentrated word instruction is used by incorporating vocabulary maps for each word. This strategy connects more of the definition than simply writing the meaning of the word. Adding sentences, synonyms, antonyms, and pictures help make the meaning of the words stick. The reading passages are embedded with the vocabulary words to help students understand the words in context. Plus, there is a fun Scoot Game to get kids up and moving while reviewing all of the vocabulary words. Best of all, students are seeing working with these words over and over again throughout the unit. Repetition can be a fantastic learning strategy!
COMPONENT NUMBER TWO- Reading
There are three types of reading passages for this unit. There is a nonfiction story about squirrels, a fable about squirrels, and a reader’s theater about squirrels! These stories help with reading an informative story and also helps with how to read a fable. Ending the unit with a fun reader’s theater always provides many laughs, smiles, and giggles! These stories are complete with comprehension questions that addresses standards for grades 3-5. There are so many ways to use these stories:
***Literature Circles: Kids can learn a lot more when they stop to discuss what’s been read. Asking questions such as, “What did you find interesting in that paragraph?” can really get kids to start a discussion and make the learning more meaningful.
***Main Idea and Details: Get that highlighter out and ready! Finding the main idea of a reading passage can really help children zone in on thinking critically about a text.
***Important Words: Packed with vocabulary words, these stories will keep kids on their toes! Again, use a highlighter to highlight the vocabulary words used in the text . Then go a bit deeper to find words to decode. See if they can figure out the meaning of words by using their context clues.
***Rereading: Sometimes having kids read a passage on their own and then rereading it with a friend can help cement the main idea and details of a story. It may even change their point of view after reading and discussing the story with someone else.
COMPONENT NUMBER THREE: Grammar
These units come with grammar built in. To make sure your child is getting a comprehensive ELA unit, sentence writing is a must for this unit. Anchor charts are provided for kids to have visual reminders of the four types of sentences. A fun sorting game with vocabulary words embedded gets in extra practice in a fun, hands-on way.
COMPONENT NUMBER FOUR: Writing
For this writing activity we provide you with an explanation on how to write a report. It gives you examples of questions to ask your students to get them thinking about how to organize their writing. There are graphic organizers to use before the kids begin to write their reports. An anchor chart is provided for Nonfiction writing
WRITE A FABLE:
Writing a fable can be challenging, but it’s always one of my kids’ favorite writing assignments. Complete with a colorful anchor poster, and writing organizer, this writing assignment is easy to implement in this unit.
ORGANIZING THE UNIT
There are two different options when printing out these units. We provide color or black and white pages to help you save ink. I print out the whole unit and place it into a 3-ring binder. I like to laminate the vocabulary cards, Scoot game, anchor posters, and grammar cards.
I keep the vocabulary cards in a ziplock bag and store them along with the other laminated pieces in an accordion style folder.
I love having this unit all ready to go for when fall begins September 22nd. This unit will get us all excited about the joys of autumn!
You can purchase the Fall Vocabulary ELA Unit HERE.