In this first unit of Module 4, students delve back into the world of trees by exploring and thinking about how and why trees are important to us and our communities; specifically, they consider how different people and characters enjoy trees. As students explore and analyze literature in which characters enjoy and appreciate trees, they follow a predictable routine as they work with these texts in order to make progress toward RL.K.1, RL.K.2, RL.K.3, RL.K.4, RL.K.5, RL.K.6, RL.K.7, and RL.K.9. They hear the text read aloud, engage in the Role-Play protocol, recount the story using key details, track key details about characters, and finally, compare and contrast the characters in the text. Throughout the unit, a strong routine of shared and independent writing in Part I of the Enjoying Trees journal allows students to observe pictures, orally rehearse and discuss descriptions for these pictures, and then write descriptions to match the pictures.
In the second half of the unit, students engage in a routine to closely observe and then sketch various tree parts, supporting their growing understanding of how trees can be a source of enjoyment while also building a skill that will be used during the creation of the performance task. The Unit 1 Assessment requires students to recall key details about characters, setting, and major events from the text Oliver’s Tree by Kit Chase in order to compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of the characters in writing and drawing and small group discussion.