LESSON ONE: Read-Aloud from a Fiction Text
Read and discuss The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle or Clara Caterpillar by Pamela Duncan Edwards or a similar text that will connect with a non-fiction text.
R1F: Develop and apply with assistance, pre-reading strategies to aid comprehension—access prior knowledge, preview text and pictures, and make general predictions.
R2A: Locate and apply information in title, pictures, and names of author and illustrator, with assistance.
LS1A: Listen for enjoyment, for information, for simple directions, with teacher assistance.
Sources of Literature
§ The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle or Clara Caterpillar by Pamela Duncan Edwards or similar text
Make mental notes of students who share a prediction or share an experience that made a connection to the book, which will be recorded later in anecdotal notes and on a checklist of all unit objectives. At the end of this lesson, record your observations of students who shared a prediction or shared an experience that made a connection to the book. Notes from this observation and others can be used to rate each student using the checklist at the end of this unit.
1. Gather in the read aloud area and gain attention of students by using a class signal.
2. Introduce the title of the book and read and point to the author and illustrator.
3. Discuss illustration on the cover and have students predict what the story is about.
What do you see?
Have you seen a caterpillar?
What do you know about caterpillars?
What do you think is going to happen in this book?
4. Read the story. Model the directionality of the text while reading. Point under each word.
5. Discuss the story. Allow students to share their experiences so they are making connections between text and self.
Before reading the last page asks, What do you think is going to happen?
6. Discuss the beginning, middle, and end of the story.