Connections: Differentiated unit for 4th or 5th grade!
This unit is full of what you need to teach your students how to explain the connections between people, ideas, events, and concepts (RI.4.3 and RI.5.3) in a 4th or 5th grade classroom. The materials are all differentiated for your learners who need a little extra support and for those who are ready for more complex tasks.
COMMON CORE ALIGNED:
This unit is aligned to the Common Core standards of RI.4.3 and RI.5.3. However, everything is referred to by title, instead of number. Non-Common Core schools will not be distracted by Common Core language or terminology.
Every classroom has a range of learners. Some students need to move at a slower pace. Others are ready for more advanced work. This pack includes activities for ALL of these learners. Everything is differentiated. Activities are discreetly marked so that you know, but your students do not.
IS THERE AN ANSWER KEY?
Yes! A detailed answer key is included (added August 7, 2017)
THIS IS ALSO AVAILABLE IN THESE BUNDLES:
This is one unit in that is also available in a much larger bundle. Find the bundle here:
4th-5th Reading Notebook (Informational Text BUNDLE)
4th-5th Reading Notebook (Informational Text + Literature BUNDLE)
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***********WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THIS UNIT? ***********
Mentor Text List
This list of suggested books works great for student texts or using in an Interactive Read Aloud.
The notebook cover, tabs, chapter covers, and pockets are all included. Everything here fits perfectly into a notebook. It is all minimal prep and minimal cutting and pasting. However, there is also the option of print and go pages . You do not have to use a notebook with these materials.
The bookmark is a reminder to the student of how to apply the skills they are learning. It includes sentence prompts and questions they should think about while reading. The prompt works seamlessly with everything in this pack.
Differentiated Passages and Questions
There are three articles included in each unit. Each article is written at two differentiated levels for a total of six passages. There are two question page options included. One is closely aligned to the 4th grade standards. The other is more closely aligned to the 5th grade standards. With both options, students must color text evidence to support their responses. You can use the simplified text with the harder question page or vice versa. You have a range of differentiation options.
Differentiated Task Cards
There are 24 task cards included in each unit. They are all tasks that include short texts to practice the skills. These work great in whole group lessons, partner work, or for individual student notebook responses.
The tasks are differentiated. The reading level and question prompts get more complex as you move from Task 1 to Task 24.
Reading Response Sheets
There are multiple structured reading response sheets included. There are additional quick prompts that fit on top of a notebook page. I recommend putting these in at the end of your unit and then asking students to return to these prompts throughout the year.
This product will save you so much time when it comes to planning for guided reading, group reading lessons, interventions, and independent student reading.
******************** FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ********************
Are the passages included here the same as the passages in your 4th grade or 5th grade close reading bundles?
No, the passages included in this reading notebook are totally new. They are not found in my other bestselling close reading bundles. However, this unit is part of a much larger bundle. If you are interested in a pack like this that covers ALL of the informational standards, you should look at:
Reading Notebook (Informational Text BUNDLE)
What Lexile level are the reading passages?
The Common Core standards consider 4th and 5th grade level texts within the same Lexile level band of 790-980. Each unit contains three passages written within this level. In addition, the passages have also been rewritten at a lower level and they all fall within a Lexile level of 520-690 which is perfect for your developing learners who are ready for some rich tasks.
Do you have to use this product in a notebook?
No, you do not have to use this in a notebook. There are two options included – notebook style or print-and-go style. YOU choose what YOU need.
– Alyssha Swanson
Teaching and Tapas: 2nd Grade in Spain