The Four Seasons Literacy text set by jordan Weems

~nonfiction Book for Winter~

Title: Snowflake Bentley

Author: Jacqueline Briggs

Illustrator: Mary Azarian

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0395861624

Number of Pages: 32

Genre: Nonfiction

Reading Component: Vocabulary Development

Language Arts: I think this book and lesson could potentially cover all six language arts skills.

Standard: Key Ideas and Details-2- Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

Objective: The students will be able to understand the theme of the story and summarize key supporting details and ideas.

How to use it in a lesson: I would read this book to my class, then I would ask the students to tell me the theme of the story. I think I could either have my students write down the theme, or have them discuss it with a classmate. Then as a class, we would talk about what the theme of the story was and summarize the key details and ideas of the story.

Summary of the book: From the time he was a small boy in Vermont, Wilson Bentley saw snowflakes as small miracles. He was determined that one day his camera would capture for others the wonder of the tiny crystal. Bentley's enthusiasm for photographing snowflakes was often misunderstood in his time, but his patience and determination revealed two important truths: no two snowflakes are alike; and each one is startlingly beautiful. His story is gracefully told and brought to life, giving children insight into a soul who had not only a scientist's vision and perseverance but a clear passion for the wonders of nature.

~Nonfiction book for weather~

Title: Maisy's Wonderful Weather Book

Author: Lucy Cousins

Illustrator: Lucy Cousins

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN: 0763629871

Number of pages: 14

Genre: Nonfiction

Reading Component: Phonemic Awareness

Langauge Arts: Reading, listening, speaking, writing, viewing

Standard: RL.2.3 – Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges

Objective: The students will be able to describe how Maisy responded to the different types of weather.

How to use it in a lesson: Since the class talks about the weather everyday, I will read this book to them and then have them write down on a piece of paper how Maisy responded differently to the different seasons. I would then have the students write down how they respond to the seasons. Maybe it is by what they wear in that season, or what activities they do.

Summary of the book: Whether it's snowy, rainy, or sunny, readers can explore the natural world with Maisy and find out how wonderful weather can be! What's the weather, Maisy? It's sunny -- hooray! It's windy -- hooray! It's raining -- hooray, hooray! Whatever the weather, Maisy knows how to make the best of the day. Little fans will be proud to help with the forecast by pulling the tabs and turning the wheels to make the rain come down, the snow fall, the lightning flash, and even a rainbow appear!

~nonfiction book for the four seasons~

Title: Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons

Author: Jon J Muth

Illustrator: Jon J Muth

Publisher: Scholastic Press

ISBN: 0545166683

Number of pages: 32

Genre: Nonfiction

Reading Component: Vocabulary Development, Phonemic Awareness

Language Arts: Listening

Standard: Craft and Structure-4-Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.

Objective: The students will be able to interpret words and phrases used in the poems to help them analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.

How to use it in a lesson: As a class we will read this book. I will read all 26 poems aloud to the class. Once I am done with that, the class will be asked to go back to their seats and tell how specific words and phrases were used in the book to shape the meaning or the tone of the book.

Summary of the book: This book is about a panda bear named Koo. The book is composed of twenty-six haiku poems about the four seasons. You really need to use your imagination on this book.

~Fiction book for the four seasons~

Title: The Snowy Day

Author: Ezra Jack Keats

Illustrator: Ezra Jack Keats

Publisher: Puffin Books

ISBN: 0140501827

Number of pages: 40

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reading Component: Reading Comprehension Strategies

Language Arts: Listening, writing

Standard: RL.2.1 – Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

Objective: The students will be able to answer questions such as who, what where, when, why and how Peter did things.

How to use it in a lesson: After reading the book, the students will be handed out a worksheet that has who, what, where, when, why, and how. They will have to fill in the different sections according to what Peter did. Where it says who-they will put Peter, where it says what- they will say what Peter did, where- they will say where he did all the things, when- when he did it, why-why he did it, and how he did it. We will then talk about it as a class.

Summary of the book: The setting takes place in a big snowy city in and begins in main character Peters bedroom, as he awakens too discover that snow has fallen during the night. He celebrates this day by putting on his red snow suit after breakfast and heading outside for an adventure. When he gets outside he finds snow that is piled high. Peter makes a snowman, snow angels, and pretends to be a mountain climber. As Peter discovers these new ways to enjoy the snow he encounters issues and learns how to deal with the changing problems that confront children as they grow up. For instance, when Peter first makes his way out of the house he comes across older kids having a snowball fight. Peter about four years old realizes that he should not try to join in on this activity with bigger children when he is knocked down by a stray snowball. Before Peter makes his way back inside he packs a snowball and puts it in his pocket. That night he has a dream that the sun came out and melted all the snow, but when he wakes up he finds that it has snowed again. He then makes his way back outside into the snow for another adventure.

~fiction book for summer and Autum~

Title: Goodbye Summer, Hello Autum

Author: Kenard Pak

Illustrator: Kenard Pak

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.

ISBN: 1627794158

Number of pages: 32

Genre: Fiction

Reading Component: Reading Comprehension Stratgies

Language Arts: Listening, writing

Standard: SL.2.4 –Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.

Objective: The students will be able to tell a time when they experienced a scene just like the young girl in the story.

How to use it in a lesson: We will read the book together as a class, then the teacher will have the students create a story about a time when they experienced a scene just like this young girl.

Summary of the book: As trees sway in the cool breeze, blue jays head south, and leaves change their colors, everyone knows--autumn is on its way! Join a young girl as she takes a walk through forest and town, greeting all the signs of the coming season. In a series of conversations with every flower and creature and gust of wind, she says good-bye to summer and welcomes autumn.

~fiction book for summer~

Title: Penguin on Vacation

Author: Salina Yoon

Illustrator: Salina Yoon

Publisher: Walker Childrens

ISBN: 0802733964

Number of pages: 40

Genre: Fiction

Reading Component: Reading Comprehension Strategy

Language Arts: Reading, writing, listening, visually representing

Standard: W.2.6 – With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

Objective: The students will be able to display a picture of their writing of a time they went on vacation.

How to use it in a lesson: After reading the story, the students will be asked to draw a picture of a time when they went on vacation. They will then have to write underneath their picture what their picture is about.

Summary of the book: Penguin on Vacation begins with Penguin in a snowy scene — he is holding snowball and also has a small pile of snow on his head. Penguin declares that he needs a vacation. But definitely not some place where there’s snow because Penguin has been there and done that! When Penguin sees a cruise ship in the ocean and a beach ball bobbing in the water by the shore, he decides he will go to the beach! So he packs his bag, takes along his new beach ball, and off he goes — he travels by ice floe of course!

~Video for the four seasons~

URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksGiLaIx39c

Published on April 19, 2013 by Pancake Manor

Reading Components: Phonics

Language Arts: Listening

How to use it in a lesson: When we first start to learn about the seasons, I would use this video to help the students learn the four seasons better.

Summary: This is a video (song) that tells about the four seasons. It is catchy, which will help the students remember the seasons better. For each season, it tells what the weather is like.

~3 poems for the four seasons~

Title: Four Seasons

Author: Cecile Frances Alexander

Reading Component: Reading Fluency

Language Arts: reading, listening, speaking, viewing, visually representing

Objective: The students will be able to read the poem and say it out loud with the class.

How to use it in a lesson: I would read the poem to the class, then as a class we would read it together. After the students have a feel for the poem, they could then add in some actions.

Summary: This poem helps the students better understand the four seasons of the year.

Title: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Author: Anonymous

Reading Component: Reading Fluency

Language Arts: reading, listening, speaking, viewing, visually representing

Objective: The students will be able to read the poem and say it out loud with the class.

How to use it in a lesson: I would read the poem to the class, then as a class we would read it together. After the students have a feel for the poem, they could then add in some actions.

Summary: This poem is about the four seasons. It is to the tune of This Old Man.

Title: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Author: Helen H. Moore

Reading Component: Reading Fluency

Language Arts: reading, listening, speaking, viewing, visually representing

Objective: The students will be able to read the poem and say it out loud with the class.

How to use it in a lesson: I would read the poem to the class, then as a class we would read it together. After the students have a feel for the poem, they could then add in some actions.

Summary: This is a poem to help the students better understand the seasons and what the weather is like in each of the seasons.

~Rationale~

The theme of my text set is The Four Seasons. The grade level of my text set is second grade. It could really be used for a grade lower than second grade or higher, but the books I found are for around the second grade reading level. This is an important topic to study because it is very important for the students. If they do not learn why the weather changes from season to season, they will be all confused. I think it is good for them to learn at an early age why this happens. If they come to school in the winter without a coat, we will have an issue with them going outside. They need to be prepared and know what kind of weather happens when. This is an important topic to study because it is something the kids will use the rest of their lives. It is important to know what type of weather happens when. When working on the text set, I found this website that was a good reference as to why students should learn about the seasons. http://www.shadecomforts.com/education/understanding-the-seasons/

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