This week's topic is incorporating science into our reading.
Our reading series actually has every other unit be a science topic (switching off with social studies), and the science selections are really interesting! (I like them waaaay more than the SS-which is saying something-because I love SS!)
I also love to have the students practice with non-fiction articles-which tend towards science when I pick them!
My favorite resource is Nat Geo Explorer (Pathfinder) -which allows you to project the issues on the SMART Board.
I love using these, because you can work with them for a multitude of days, covering many different kinds of skills. They also have suggestions about what to focus on for each article (on the article cover page), but they are so well written and informative that we work with them over a period of days.
This is the one we are currently working with-I like to 'surprise' the kids by pulling up the article color (and I love their reactions!)
We've practiced asking questions and visualizing, and we will work on determining importance, main idea/details and nonfiction text structures. So fun!
Smiles and Sunshine,