Sunday, August 19, 2012
Some of my teacher/ blogging friends and myself are doing a book study on this book. (If you click the book, it will take you to Amazon for more information about the book.)
My own district is adopting the Common Core State Standards this year. As I've been exploring the standards, it makes a lot of sense to teach integrated units, which is just what this book is about. These units were developed by a team of teachers just like us!
The book is set up by grade level (K - 5) and has 6 week units for every grade level.
I'm in charge of Grade 2 Unit 3 --Building Bridges With Unlikely Friends
When I first looked at this unit, I was doubtful how so many different topics and standards could work all together! As I read it over, I'm thrilled by the way it all weaves together!
The main focus of this 6 week collection of lessons is exploring figurative language. (The essential question is "Why do authors use figurative language?") We also explore some informational text, enjoy lots of read alouds, and write friendly letters.
The book suggests doing this unit in basically 3 parts: Start with Bridges so that students can see that bridges can be the structure, or the "figurative language" that connects one idea to another. Second, reading the fiction suggestions will help the students comprehend the Unlikely Friendships part of the unit. Thirdly, the book suggests writing a letter to a fictional character to encourage thinking deeply about book characters.
These are some of the suggested books for Unit 3. (Click the book image for more information!)
Works of fiction:
These are some of the informational texts featured. They look fantastic!
These two look adorable, and really build on developing the language of friendship!
These are the Common Core State Standards that are highlighted in Unit 3:
2.RL.3: Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
2.RL.6: Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.
2.RL.7: Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
2.L.2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
2.L.2b: Use commas in greetings and closings of letters.
2.L.4: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple meaning words and phrases based on Grade Two reading and content, choosing flexibily from an array of strategies.
2.L.4d: Use knowledge of the meaning of individual words to predict the meaning of compound words.
2.L.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
Building bridges is such a great introduction to figurative language! I really want to share a cool website I found on Understanding Idioms. This site has several links to examples of Idioms and Second grade is such a great place to start working on Idioms and other kinds of Figurative Language, because they're just starting to "get" it, but they still see the humor of the literal meanings of sayings like "it's a piece of cake" or "hold your horses", or even "getting out of the wrong side of bed".
Come on over to Elementary Matters for a freebie on figurative language, which is the big focus of Unit 3, and to find links to other posts in this series!