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ELA G2:M2

Learning through Science and Story: Fossils Tell of Earth’s Changes

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: Listening for Details: Learning about Paleontologists

Instructional FocusCCS StandardsAssessments
  • Introduction to topic
  • Close read-aloud: Stone Girl, Bone Girl
  • Introduction to answering selected response questions
  • Retelling using the beginning, middle, and end of a story
  • Describing how characters respond to major events and challenges
  • Close read-aloud: Stone Girl, Bone Girl
  • Practice answering selected response questions
  • Retelling using the beginning, middle, and end of a story
  • Describing how characters respond to major events and challenges
  • Building background knowledge on fossils and paleontologists
  • Introducing the paleontologist’s notebook
  • Learning about the tools paleontologists use
  • Learning about famous paleontologists
  • RL.2.1, RL.2.2, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.7, SL.2.2, RL.2.1, RL.2.2, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.7, SL.2.2, RI.2.1, RI.2.4
  • Unit 1 Assessment: Answering Questions about a Literary Text (RL.2.1, RL.2.2, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.7, SL.2.2)
  • N/A

Weeks 3–5 Unit 2: Reading Informational Texts: Studying Fossils Closely

Instructional FocusCCS StandardsAssessments
  • Focused read-aloud: Fossils Tell Us of Long Ago
  • Close read-aloud: Fossils
  • Making observations and inferences: Categorizing pictures: Is this a fossil or not?
  • Making observations and inferences: Making fossil impressions: Simulated impressions activity
  • Close read-aloud: Fossils
  • Using text features to locate information
  • Using different strategies to determine the meanings of words
  • Recording the steps of fossilization
  • Structured discussions to describe the steps of fossilization
  • Developing language with using collective nouns
  • Launching close reading independently
  • Close reading: Other Types of Fossils and Fossils and The Earth Long Ago
  • Close reading strategies: Identifying the gist of a text and sections of a text
  • Practice answering selected response questions
  • Writing a museum display label
  • Making observations and inferences: What fossils can tell us about the earth long ago
  • RI.2.1, RI.2.4, RI.2.5, RI.2.1, RI.2.2, RI.2.4, RI.2.5, RI.2.6, L.2.1, L.2.1a, L.2.4, L.2.4a, L.2.4c
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • Unit 2 Assessment: Answering Questions about an Informational Text (RI.2.1, RI.2.2, RI.2.4, RI.2.5, RI.2.6, L.2.4a, L.2.4c)

Weeks 6–8 Unit 3: Writing Narratives: Becoming Paleontologists

Instructional FocusCCS StandardsAssessments
  • Focused read-aloud: The Big Dinosaur Dig
  • Analyzing The Big Dinosaur Dig as a mentor text for narratives
  • Short writing tasks to practice writing techniques found in The Big Dinosaur Dig
  • Developing language with irregular past-tense action verbs
  • Analyzing a teacher-written model of a compelling narrative
  • Writing a narrative about discovering a fossil based on Josh’s experiences from The Big Dinosaurs Dig
  • Using the writing process to write a compelling narrative
  • Revising for temporal words
  • Editing for irregular past-tense verbs and conventions
  • Writing a narrative about discovering a fossil using a picture of a fossil and your own imagination
  • Revising for temporal words
  • Editing for irregular past-tense verbs and conventions
  • Creation of the performance task: Adding detailed drawings to narratives
  • Preparing for the Celebration of Learning: Reading our stories and creating a selected response question exit ticket for visitors
  • End of module reflection
  • Celebration of Learning
  • RL.2.1, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, W.2.3, L.2.1d, W.2.3, W.2.5, L.2.1d, L.2.2
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • Unit 3 Assessment: Writing a Narrative about Discovering a Fossil (W.2.3, W.2.5, L.2.1d, L.2.2)
  • Final Performance Task: Writing a Narrative about Discovering a Fossil with Detailed Illustrations (W.2.3, W.2.5, L.2.1d, L.2.2)

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