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ELA G1:M2

What’s Up in the Sky: A Study of the Sun, Moon, and Stars

Each module is approximately 6-8 weeks of instruction broken into 3 units. The "week at a glance" chart in the curriculum map gives the big picture, breaking down the module into a detailed week-by-week view. It shows how the module unfolds, the focus of each week of instruction, and where the six assessments and the performance task occur.

Weeks 1-3 Unit 1: Reading Literature and Retelling: Exploring the Sun, Moon, and Stars through Story

Instructional FocusCCS StandardsAssessments
  • Building background knowledge: Why do authors write about the sun, moon, and stars?
  • Close reading of narrative text Summer Sun, Risin’
  • Asking and answering questions using complex text
  • Role-play: Character, setting, and events in narrative texts
  • Independent writing: Responding to text
  • Character building and reflecting: Respect
  • Building background knowledge: Why do authors write about the sun, moon, and stars?
  • Focused read-aloud of Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me and Sun and Moon
  • Role-play: Character, setting, and events in narrative texts
  • Independent writing: Responding to text
  • Character building and reflecting: Respect
  • Building background knowledge: Why do authors write about the sun, moon, and stars?
  • Focused read-aloud of Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky
  • Role-play: Character, setting, and events in narrative texts
  • Independent writing: Responding to text
  • Character building and reflecting: Respect
  • RL.1.1, RL.1.2, RL.1.3, RL.1.4, RL.1.7, W.1.8, SL.1.1, SL.1.1a, SL.1.2, L.1.1b, L.1.1c, L.1.1d, L.1.1e, L.1.2a, L.1.4a, L.1.6
  • Unit 1 Assessment: Reading and Answering Questions about Kitten’s First Full Moon (RL.1.2, RL.1.3, RL.1.7, W.1.8, SL.1.2, and L.1.6)

Weeks 3–4 Unit 2: Reading to Learn and Writing to Understand: A Study of the Patterns of the Sun, Moon, and Stars

Instructional FocusCCS StandardsAssessments
  • Building background knowledge: What patterns can we observe in the sky?
  • Close read-aloud of informational text What Makes Day and Night?
  • Shared Writing: Describing the sun and moon
  • Independent writing: Sky notebook
  • Character building and reflecting: Integrity
  • Building background knowledge: What patterns can we observe in the sky?
  • Focused read-aloud of informational text Does the Sun Sleep? Noticing Sun, Moon, and Star Patterns
  • Interactive science experiences, demonstrations, and simulations
  • Shared writing: Patterns of the moon and stars
  • Independent writing: Sky notebook
  • Launching Science Talks
  • RL.1.5, RI.1.1, RI.1.2, RI.1.4, RI.1.6, RI.1.7, W.1.8, SL.1.1, SL.1.1a, SL.1.1b, SL.1.2, SL.1.4, SL.1.6, L.1.1, L.1.1f, L.1.1i, L.1.1j, L.1.5c, L.1.6
  • Unit 2 Assessment: Discussing Observable Patterns in the Sky (SL.1.1a, SL.1.1b, and SL.1.4)

Weeks 5–7 Unit 3: Writing Narratives: Using Observations of the Sun to Write Narrative Poems

Instructional FocusCCS StandardsAssessments
  • Focused read-aloud of What the Moon Sees
  • Building background knowledge: What happens during the day and what happens during the night?
  • Building descriptive vocabulary: Interactive Word Wall
  • Examining models of excellence and developing criteria for high quality work
  • Shared writing: “What the Moon Sees” narrative poem
  • Focused read-aloud of What the Sun Sees
  • Building descriptive vocabulary: Interactive Word Wall
  • Independent writing: “What the Sun Sees” narrative poem
  • Reflecting on high-quality work
  • Revising and editing “What the Sun Sees” narrative poems
  • Sharing and celebrating our work
  • RL.1.1, RL.1.10, W.1.3, W.1.5, W.1.8, SL.1.1, SL.1.2, SL.1.4, SL.1.6, L.1.1f, L.1.1j, L.1.2a, L.1.2b, L.1.6
  • Performance Task: Revising and Editing “What the Sun Sees” Narrative Poems (W.1.3, W.1.5, L.1.1f, L.1.1j, and L.1.2b)
  • Below are the standards that are formally assessed in this module.

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