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Unit: Needs versus Wants Antarctica/Emperor Penguin Exploring Shadows
Essential Question/Big Idea:
How do communities work together?
Standards and Assessment:
LAFS.K.RL.1.1 With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
  • Observation: Pulling out key details from each page and recording – A Chair for My Mother
LAFS.K.RL.1.2 With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
  • Observation: Yes and Storytelling – A Chair for My Mother
LAFS.K.RI.1.3 With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
  • Work Sample: Write and draw characters, setting, events from Read Alouds
LAFS.K.RI.1.1 With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
  • Observation: See, Think, Wonder Chart Antarctica
LAFS.RI.1.2 With prompting and support, identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
  • Observation: Penguins – can, have, are anchor Chart (construct together)
LAFS.K.RI.1.3 With prompting and support, describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.
  • Observation: Point of View Monologues
SC.K.E.5.2 Recognize the repeating pattern of day and night.
SC.K.E.5.3 Recognize that the Sun can only be seen in the daytime
  • Work Sample: Science Fusion worksheet/Observe Science Project
SS.K.E.1.3 Recognize that people work to earn money to buy things they need or want.
SS.K.E.1.4 Identify the difference between basic needs and wants.
  • Work Sample: Draw and write a need and a want


Anchor 2
Core Text(s): The Emperor's Egg, Need it or Want it?, Those Shoes, A Chair for my Mother, Moonbear's Shadow. (see full Unit Plan for all)
Written and Artistic Processes/Products (Highlights - see complete Unit Plan for all)
Entering Text:
  1. Walk the Setting: iceberg, snow, ice, frozen, slide, slip, dark, cold, waddle
  2. Visual Thinking Strategies: photographs of Antarctica, penguin egg, chick and adult penguin, and illustrations from the book.
  3. Soundscape: Hatching egg, penguin cries
  4. Comprehending Text:
  5. Vocabulary Tableaus Scene Tableaus Choosing Importance: choose important word or phrase from text, explain/write why you chose it.
  6. Interpretation Circle: that confusing exercise we did with Lisa
  7. Reading Alive Soundtrack: Assign certain words or phrases a movement and a sound.
  8. Creating Text: Inserted Monologues: write words for what the character is saying or thinking
  9. Thematic Stories: 1.Write or draw initial idea. 2.Write or draw B, M, E. 3.Tell story in pairs. 4.Write or draw BB, MM, EE. 5.Tell stories in group. 6.Select one story to improvise.
  10. Rehearsing and Revising Text:
    Opportunities to modify, improve, and practice. Through revision, they give and receive feedback on their own and one another’s work.
  11. Editing on your Feet: students walk and read their stories to themselves, ask guiding questions and repeat
  12. Performing Text: Layered performance
  13. The Cordel: a way of displaying writing or illustrations
  14. Overhead Shadow puppets: using overhead projector
Culminating Performance/Exhibition/Student Work
Complete Unit Plan PDF
Above: Culminating event for the month long unit on Native Americans brought kindergarteners and first graders come together to sing songs about their history and share a “Thanksgiving” snack.
Left: Unit Rubric
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