In the first unit of this module, students explore folktales and fables in which pollinators are the central characters. They follow a predictable routine as they work with these texts in order to make progress toward RL.2.1, RL.2.2, RL.2.3, RL.2.4, RL.2.6, and RL.2.9: Students engage in a close read-aloud of The Little Hummingbird. This helps them build the skills they will need for comparing texts during this unit. Then, as students engage in a series of focused read-alouds, they participate in the Role-Play protocol, recount the story using key details, determine its central message, and finally write a paragraph about the central message. As they analyze each text, students also consider habits of character that help the fictional characters contribute to a better world by responding to challenges.
The song "We Do What We Can" is used throughout the unit and allows students to explore how rhythm, repetition, and prefixes provide meaning in texts, while also allowing students to consider how to contribute to a better world (RL.2.4, L.2.4b).
To continue to build their understanding of fables, students paint a watercolor scene from the text "Bunnyyarl the Flies and Wurrunnunnah the Bees," an Australian Aboriginal tale. Small groups collaborate to create a videobook of the text read aloud, using the watercolor scenes as visuals in their videobook (SL.2.5). The Unit 1 Assessment requires students to read and recount key details from the fable "The Ants and the Grasshopper," write a paragraph about its central message, and compare this text to another familiar version of the same fable, "Bunnyyarl the Flies and Wurrunnunnah the Bees."