This week, I finally started our Antarctica and expository text unit. One thing I love about this unit is that students learn so much by reading multiple texts on one topic. They see how authors can use different main ideas and text structures even when writing about the same topics.
Over on Frolyc, I've put together several sets of texts on one topic. One set is focused on chinstrap penguins. Kids love reading about this little bird, and I've loved converting my paper lessons to digital format.
Chinstrap Penguins: Sequence
Chinstrap Penguins: Cause and Effect
Another set is focused on peregrine falcons. It seems that students everywhere are fascinated by these birds!
What is a Peregrine Falcon?
Peregrine Falcons: Sequence
Falconry and the Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon Problems
Reading multiple texts on the same topic--and watching the carefully chosen videos--helps students to build connections and understand complex ideas.