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ELA GK:M2

Learning through Science and Story: Weather Wonders

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 1-2 Unit 1: Learning to Read and Write Informational Texts: Becoming Meteorologists

Instructional FocusCCS StandardsAssessments
  • Reading aloud Curious Sofia
  • Building background knowledge: What do meteorologists do?
  • Closely reading Weather Words and What They Mean
  • Developing vocabulary through interactive science experiments
  • Independent writing: Meteorologist’s notebooks
  • Closely reading Weather Words and What They Mean
  • Interactive writing: class weather journals
  • Character building and reflecting: Responsibility
  • Focused read-aloud: National Geographic Kids: Weather
  • Building weather vocabulary: Interactive Word Wall
  • Unit assessment: Meteorologist’s notebooks
  • RI.K.1, RI.K.2, RI.K.4, RI.K.5, RI.K.6, W.K.2, SL.K.1, SL.K.1a, SL.K.1b, SL.K.4, SL.K.5, SL.K.6, L.K.1, L.K.1f, L.K.5, L.K.6
  • Unit 1 Assessment: Independent Writing about Weather (CCSS W.K.2, L.K.6, and L.K.1f)

Weeks 4–6 Unit 2: Reading Narrative Texts: How Weather Affects People

Instructional FocusCCS StandardsAssessments
  • Reading aloud Curious Sofia Returns
  • Focused read-aloud: On the Same Day in March: A Tour of the World’s Weather
  • Shared writing: How weather affects peoples’ lives
  • Reflecting on character: Responsibility
  • Independent writing: Interactive weather map
  • Closely reading Come On, Rain!
  • Independent writing: Weather journals
  • Developing oral language: Meteorologist sharing
  • Character building and reflecting: Perseverance
  • Focused read-aloud: Brave Irene and Umbrella
  • Independent writing: Weather journals
  • Reflecting on character: Perseverance
  • Unit 2 Assessment: One Hot Summer Day
  • RL.K.1, RL.K.2, RL.K.3, RL.K.4, RL.K.7, RI.K.1, RI.K.2, RI.K.4, W.K.2, W.K.8, SL.K.1, SL.K.1a, SL.K.2, SL.K.4, SL.K.5, SL.K.6, L.K.1, L.K.1a, L.K.6
  •  Unit 2 Assessment: Learning about and Identifying Story Elements (RL.K.3, W.K.8, and L.K.6)

Weeks 7–9 Unit 3: Writing Imaginary Narratives: My Weather Story

Instructional FocusCCS StandardsAssessments
  • Reading aloud Sofia the Storyteller
  • Focused read-aloud: The Snowy Day
  • My Weather Story: Creating detailed illustrations
  • Reflecting on character: Perseverance
  • My Weather Story: Writing words
  • My Weather Story: Using feedback to strengthen writing
  • Unit 3 Assessment: Reflecting on My Weather Story
  • End of Module Celebration: Weather Expo
  • End of Module Reflection
  • RL.K.3, W.K.3, W.K.5, SL.K.1, SL.K.1a, SL.K.4, SL.K.6, L.K.1, L.K.1a, L.K.1f, L.K.2, L.K.2a, L.K.2c, L.K.2d, L.K.6
  • Performance Task: Imaginary Narrative: My Weather Story (W.K.3, W.K.5, L.K.1a, L.K.2a, L.K.2c, L.K.2d, and L.K.6)
  • Unit 3 Assessment: Reflecting on My Weather Story (SL.K.4, SL.K.6, L.K.1f, and L.K.6)

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