Use these activities with the Young Readers Text Set
Activity 1: Picture Book Pairs and Read Alouds
Why do bats live in caves?: This article pairs nicely with the picture book Stella Luna by Jannell Cannon.
To build in a lesson about text structure and nonfiction, we suggest the following strategy, followed by a read aloud of Stella Luna.
This teaching resource is for guided instruction which means you will complete it as a class. Log in as a student and project the article.
Students could have the article on a computer as well. As a class, read the article either as a read aloud or jigsaw. Model think alouds for the picture and the headings in the article. Then, put students into partnerships so that they can think aloud each question while you read as a class.
Before and as you read, you can gain information about what the text is about by previewing the headings and the photo. We are going to practice that today together.
Point out the following parts of an article:
You can model these questions for your students, finding answers in the headings.
- What do you notice in the picture? What do you think the article will be about?
- How does the headline or the article relate to the picture?
- Based on the headings, what can we say about the information in the article?
PRO Assign Instructions
Re-read the article and ask yourself the questions again. After reading, take the quiz and in the write prompt evaluate the author’s argument.
Picture Book Connection
After going through this informational text, students will then be more prepared with additional information when engaged with a picture book.
Activity 2: Our Planet, Our Community: What does it mean to me?
This activity will help students to think about how they fit into their community, and how their community fits into the larger world. Give students a choice of which article they would like to read.
Instructions to Students
As you read articles in this Text Set, you will find answers to questions about familiar things (the sky) and maybe some unfamiliar things (sloths, ligers, bats).
Highlight information you are familiar with in GREEN; highlight information you aren't familiar with in BLUE.
After students read, they will document two ACTIONs that they or their families take that affect the Earth, one positively and one negatively. You can help your students think through cause and effect here. You may need to illustrate cause and effect with examples (helping another person / animal, cleaning up the environment, helping to recycle).
Tell students they have a choice of how to document their actions on Planet Earth. This could be assigned for homework, with a follow-up activity in class.
- a short story about their action
- two drawings (before and after, cause and effect) of their actions
- a poem about their actions
Students will then pair up and share their actions with each other.
As a class, pool together all of the individual student actions. (Depending on students' ages, you as the teacher might need to do this.) Then, select positive and negative action that is most common among the class.
Ask students the following questions:
- What can we do to get more people in our school and community to also do our positive action?
- What can we do to help counteract our negative action?