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ELA G1:M4

Caring for Birds

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.

Week 1 and Week 2 Unit 1: Analyzing Literature: Stories of Bird Helpers

Instructional FocusCCS StandardsAssessments

Week 1

  • Close read-aloud of the literary text The Lion and the Bird
  • Describing story elements
  • Determining the central message
  • Understanding a story using the Role-Play protocol
  • Interactive sentence building using icons
  • Speaking and writing simple and complex sentences
  • Exploring the habits of character compassion and respect
  • RL.1.1, RL.1.2, RL.1.3, RL.1.7, W.1.8, SL.1.1, SL.1.1b, SL.1.2, L.1.1g, L.1.1j, L.1.4, L.1.4a, L.1.4b, L.1.4c
  • N/A

Week 2

  • Comparing and contrasting The Lion and the Bird with Pierre the Penguin
  • Focused read-aloud with the text Maggie the One-Eyed Peregrine Falcon
  • Independent writing: comparing story elements in two texts
  • Using vocabulary strategies to determine new words in a text
  • RL.1.1, RL.1.3, RL.1.9, W.1.8, SL.1.2, L.1.1, L.1.1g, L.1.1j, L.1.2, L.1.4
  • Unit 1 Assessment: Comparing and Contrasting Pierre the Penguin and Maggie the One-Eyed Peregrine Falcon (RL.1.1, RL.1.3, RL.1.9)

Week 3 and Week 4 Unit 2: Supporting Opinions: The Story of Pale Male

Instructional FocusCCS StandardsAssessments

Week 3

  • Building background about bird nests
  • Developing opinions
  • Focused read-aloud with the text City Hawk: The Story of Pale Male
  • Understanding and using determiners in sentences
  • Independent reading and research with the text “What’s Best? The Debate about Pale Male’s Nest”
  • RL.1.1, RL.1.3, RI.1.1, RI.1.2, RI.1.4, RI.1.5, RI.1.6, RI.1.7, RI.1.9, W.1.8, SL.1.1, SL.1.1b, SL.1.2, L.1.1, L.1.1d, L.1.1j, L.1.2, L.1.4, L.1.4a, L.1.4b, L.1.4c, L.1.6
  • N/A

Week 4

  • Analyzing a model of opinion writing
  • Designing visuals using a compelling reason to support an opinion
  • Shared writing: Leave the Nest Up!
  • Stating an opinion with a supporting reason in the Vote with Your Feet protocol
  • RL.1.10, RI.1.1, RI.1.2, RI.1.4, RI.1.6, RI.1.8, W.1.1, W.1.7, W.1.8, SL.1.1, SL.1.1a, SL.1.1b, SL.1.2, SL.1.5, L.1.1, L.1.1d, L.1.1h, L.1.2, L.1.2b, L.1.4, L.1.6
  • Unit 2 Assessment: Opinion Writing: Take the Nest Down! (W.1.1, W.1.7, W.1.8, L.1.1, L1.1a, L.1.1b, L.1.1d, L.1.1g, L.1.2, L.1.2a, L.1.2b, L1.2e, L.1.6)

Week 5, Week 6, Week 7 and Week 8 Unit 3: Taking Action through Literacy and Artwork: Caring for Birds

Instructional FocusCCS StandardsAssessments

Week 5

  • Focused read-aloud with the text A Place for Birds
  • Language Dives
  • Whole group and small group research to identify an author’s supporting reasons
  • Reviewing vocabulary strategies
  • Identifying an author’s point and reasons in a text
  • RI.1.1
  • RI.1.2
  • RI.1.3
  • RI.1.4
  • RI.1.7
  • RI.1.8
  • W.1.8
  • SL.1.1
  • SL.1.2
  • L.1.4
  • L.1.4a
  • L.1.4b
  • L.1.4c
  • N/A

Week 6

  • Using icons to identifying an author’s reasons
  • Reviewing adjectives
  • Analyzing a model and generating criteria for a Feathered Friends Saver and informative paragraph
  • Giving and receiving kind, helpful, and specific feedback
  • Planning and drafting a scientific drawing and informative paragraph
  • RI.1.1
  • RI.1.3
  • RI.1.4
  • RI.1.8
  • W.1.2
  • W.1.5
  • W.1.8
  • SL.1.1
  • SL.1.1a
  • SL.1.1b
  • SL.1.2
  • SL.1.3
  • SL.1.5
  • L.1.1
  • L.1.1f
  • L.1.2
  • L.1.4
  • L.1.4a
  • L.1.4b
  • L.1.4c
  • Unit 3 Assessment: Identifying Reasons People Need Birds (RI.1.1, RI.1.4, RI.1.8, SL.1.2, L.1.4, L.1.4a, L.1.4b, L.1.4c)

Week 7

  • Publishing informative paragraphs
  • Final draft of scientific drawings
  • Typing an introduction sentence
  • Preparing to present the final Feathered Friends Savers
  • W.1.2
  • W.1.5
  • W.1.6
  • W.1.8
  • SL.1.1
  • SL.1.2
  • SL.1.3
  • SL.1.4
  • SL.1.5
  • SL.1.6
  • L.1.1
  • L.1.1a
  • L.1.1f
  • L.1.2
  • L.1.4
  • Performance Task: Feathered Friends Savers

Week 8

  • End of module celebration
  • Sharing Feathered Friends Savers
  • Reflecting on learning
  • Shared writing: Letter to an Ornithologist
  • W.1.8
  • SL.1.4
  • SL.1.6

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