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Unit Calendar

These five engaging mini-lessons are brief but they present powerful bursts of instruction on useful strategies for reading and comprehending science texts. These lessons should be taught in order, but do not need to be taught on consecutive days.
For the full-length science unit covering informational texts on science topics, click on the 12-lesson unit. The lessons address elements of the genre, building vocabulary, guidance in conducting experiments, and writing their final pen pal letters.
Ready to show your students What’s So Great About Science? Putting a high quality In2Books science text into your students’ hands is just the first step. In this unit, your students will participate in an authentic inquiry experience and discover the power of reading to learn. Students discover the excitement of deliberately studying a shared topic as they ask thoughtful questions, search together for answers, read and write to their pen pal about their findings. The shared subgenre and topic within your classroom provide an ideal stage for specific, rigorous strategy lessons that build a common, necessary framework of nonfiction reading and writing support. Talking, reading, writing, questioning – these units are an engaging cycle of deep learning all motivated by the anticipation of communicating new learning with an adult pen pal!
Unit Preparation

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Exploring Genre and Topic Comprehension Strategies for Informational Science Texts Explore our Topic with the Scientific Method Write a Science Report Write the Final Pen Pal Letter
60 minutes
  1. Engage with Books
  2. Discuss Genre
  3. Activate
  4. Introduce Essential Questions
  5. Read Aloud
  6. Writer's Notebook
45-50 minutes

You choose the focus strategy: Coding or Read, Remember, Represent, Retell or Graphic Aid Monitoring.
  1. Set Purpose
  2. Introduce Procedure
  3. Model
  4. Guided Practice
  5. Independent Practice
  6. Student Share
Time varies based on investigations
  1. Overview of the Scientific Method
  2. Conduct an Experiment
  3. Using the Scientific Method
60 minutes
  1. Engage
  2. Share Report Guidelines
  3. Answer Questions
  4. Writing Reports Using the Writing Process
  5. Celebrate
Time varies
  1. Prewriting (including end-of-year conferences
  2. Drafting (including Author's Chair)
  3. Revising (including Peer Conferencing)
  4. Editing (including peer edit)
  5. Publishing (type, decorate and send)
  6. Celebrate