Winter Animals – Where they Live
Based on the lesson:
Informative Sentences – Where they Live (Reading, Writing, and Art Connections for First Grade) pp. 90-95
Students use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/expository texts. They name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.
Expository book suggestions:
5. Below the summary, begin a bulleted list of details they learned about the animal homes. You may need to ask directed questions and/or refer back to the book in order to help them recall the facts and details gleaned from the text.
6. Finally, MODEL how to use a detail in an informational sentence. Use sentence starters combined with a detail, thinking aloud and sounding out words as you write for the class.
I am amazed polar bears can live in such freezing temperatures.
I find it interesting that polar bears walk a lot to find their prey.
A _____ lives in a _____.
Can you imagine living in a _____ like a _____?
Surprisingly, a _____ makes its home in a _____
I am amazed that a _____ spends most of its life in a _____.
I find it interesting that _____.
7. Review what you did during this lesson. Refer to the book(s) again and read the summary and sample detail sentences. Explain that they will have a turn at writing their own detail sentence about an animal they read about.
8. Distribute a copy of Flip the Flap: Where Can You Find a _____? p. 93, (find the download below). Ask students to select a detail they want to draw and write about – choose from the bulleted list or allow students to look back at the book. Have them write their detail on the writing lines provided, p. 93.
9. Next, have the students draw a picture of their animal in the blank box or find a realistic picture of the animal from an online site or magazine and glue it on the blank box, p. 93. Instruct students to draw the animal’s home in the smaller frame on p. 94 or create the winter animal’s home from construction/craft paper. Attach the drawn or crafted animal, applying glue to the top of the edge only. The home will lift to reveal the animal underneath.