1st Grade Literature Text Set Micah Barfuss

Rationale - This text set is intended for 1st-Grade students. The main topic or theme is ocean animals. These text are intended for emergent, beginning and fluent readers. This is a topic which is of high interest to children of this age. They are interested in the world around them and are full of wonder and amazement. This is one of those topics that is of high interest and can spark interest in the enjoyment of reading and learning. Research shows that when a child has interest in something, they are more likely to stay focused longer and preform better. This text set is also a great way to help integrate science into the classroom. That is why I have chosen this theme for my text set.

Visual and Illustrated

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister, Published by NorthSouth Books Inc, ISBN 978-1558580091, 32 pages, Visual/Illustrated

Rainbow Fish, "the most beautiful fish in the entire ocean," refuses to share his prized scales--which, indeed, flash and sparkle on the pages as they are turned. He doesn't want to share his scales and can't understand why he has no friends. He seeks out the wise octopus, who tells him to give his shinny scales to others and find out how to be happy. After sharing one scale, he gets a feeling and finds the joy in sharing and making friends. It is a fun book with lots of color.

This book addresses the component of comprehension and reading in language arts,

Reading Standards: Foundation Skills: Fluency: RF.1.4c – Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary

The students will be able to use context information to determine the moral of the book.

This book will allow students to develop strategies for using context information in being able to comprehend the moral of this book. Rereading is one strategy that will help them better use these context clues to develop an understanding of the overall message of this book. It is a fun book that rereading will help students continue to become fluent readers.

http://www.education.com/lesson-plan/the-rainbow-fish This is a link to one of many lesson plans that would help make this book more than just a book from a text set.

Secrets of the Seashore by Carron Brown and illustrated by Alyssa Nassner, Kane/Miller Book Publishers, ISBN 978-1610673099, 36 pages, visual/Illustrated

This wonderfully illustrated book takes you on an adventure through all the animals in a tide pool. It not only helps with definitions of these animals, but you also have a hands on part. You have to use a flashlight to help you in your discovery of the animals and plants that live in and around the oceans edge, from the fish and seaweed in the water to the birds that feed there.

This book addresses the component of vocabulary and reading area of language arts.

Reading Standards for Informational Text: Key Ideas and Details: RI.1.1 – Ask and answer questions about key details in a text. RI.1.2 – Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text

Students will be able to identify and discuss key ideas and details from this book.

This book is an engaging book with hands on exploration when they use a flashlight to discover the key ideas and details of the text. The vocabulary is specific to ocean animals and will build their vocabulary knowledge because of it. Learning the new vocabulary will also help retain the key details of this book. This also helps in their recollection and retelling of the book.

Wish For A Fish All About Sea Creatures by Bonnie Worth and illustrated by Aristides Ruiz, Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, ISBN 978-0679891161, 48 pages, visual/illustrated

Wish for a fish was another fun book to read. It is packed full of illustrations you've come to expect from book in the "Cat in the Hats" learning library. This book takes you on a trip from the top of the sea, the sunny zone, to the Trench at the bottom. It gives you a look at all the creatures in each of those zones. Thing one and Thing two, a long with the Cat in the Hat, take you on such an amazing ride on their sub, the S.S. Undersea Glubber. The rhyming format also makes it enjoyable to read.

The book addresses the component of phonics and the area of reading in language arts.

Reading Standards: Foundation Skills: Phonics and Word Recognition: RF.1.3 – Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

Students will be able to apply grade-level phonics an word analysis strategies to this text.

This book is an excellent book for beginning readers. Once they are able to apply the strategies to decode words and can apply proper phonics, it will bring the world of the ocean to life for them. This book is full of one, two, and three syllable words that with phonics strategies, will help vocabulary and fluency.

The glossary in back of the book is also an added resources for you as a parent or teacher to explain how to use.

Fiction

The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen and illustrated by Dan Hanna, Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ISBN 978-0374360979, 36 pages, Fiction

This book has rhythm, alliteration, and emotion. It follows the Pout Pout Fish as he spreads his "dreary-wearies" all over the place. He swims around visiting his friends with a really sad outlook. When something happens and changes his outlook into a positive. He has now decided he is a kiss-kiss fish! This book give a great message that your students will love.

This book address the component of phonemic awareness and fluency, and address the area of reading and speaking in the language arts.

Reading Standards: Foundation Skills: RF.1.2 – Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes): Phonics and Word Recognition: RF.1.3f – Read words with inflectional endings.

Students will be able to demonstrate inflectional endings while reading. Students will be able to identify sight words, sounds (phonemes) and syllables from the text.

This book give students excellent practice with syllables and sounds. The inflectional endings will give the reading of this book more meaning and understanding for the students. Knowing how to demonstrate inflectional ending, the students will have to have a good grasp on the phonemes to decode the one, two, and three syllable words.

This hyperlink to teachers pay teachers has a great comprehension lesson you could use for this book. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Pout-Pout-Fish-Reading-Comprehension-Activities-333219?gclid=CLPY4u6cytACFVclgQodS2YIjg

I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry, Published by Dial Books, ISBN 978-0803735293, 28 pages, Fiction

This book is a fun beginning reader book. It follows a giant squid who thinks he is the biggest in the ocean. It is full of wonderful illustrations and colors. After swimming through the ocean, the giant squid finds out that he isn't the biggest in the ocean. But he is the biggest thing in the whale. It is a fun book with a funny ending.

This book addresses the component of phonic awareness and the reading and speaking area of language arts.

Reading Standards: Foundation Skills: RF.1.2 – Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes)

Students will be able to identify beginning and ending sounds of words through out the book.

This is an excellent emergent reader book. It has smaller groups of words which will help develop your students phonic awareness and build their confidence at becoming a fluent reader. The larger print will help them identify the beginning and ending sounds of the words in this book.

This link takes you to a blog named "Storytime Katie" and talks about making a flannel board to help you tell this story. There is also a link to the templates you would use for the book also.

https://storytimekatie.com/2011/01/26/flannelboard-im-the-biggest-thing-in-the-ocean/

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss, Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, ISBN 978-0394800134, 63 paged, Fiction

This book starts with on of Dr. Seuss's quotes you may have seen or read. "From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere." This is a book about imagination and is written in silly rhymes that paint a colorful cast of characters. It is full of illustrations to fit the silliness that is in this book. You start with one fish and end with a pet Zeep when it is time to sleep.

The silly rhymes and colorful cast of characters create to reading that will have every child giggling from morning to night: “Today is gone. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”

This book addresses the component of phonic awareness and the reading and speaking area of language arts.

Reading Standards: Foundation Skills: RF.1.2 – Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes)

Students will be able to demonstrate the understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds while reading this book. Students will identify beginning sounds and ending sounds of the words in the book.

This book is a favorite of students. With the rhyming that Dr. Seuss is known for, this will aid in developing phonemic awareness, reading and speaking. Understanding words, syllables, and sounds will give this story the fun that was intended.

Non-Fiction

Sharks (Usborne Lift-the-Flap Learners) by Phillip Clarke, illustrated by Peter Scott and designed by Reuben Barrance, Published by Usborne Pub Ltd, ISBN 978-0794511098, 16 pages, Non-Fiction

This is a lift-the-flap book about sharks. It starts with information about sharks, the flaps lift up to show you even more facts. You learn about what they eat to how they are born. You learn about the Mako, Goblin and Whale sharks. It ends with a very great point, " Many people think sharks are dangerous, but sharks are actually more in danger from us. People hunt millions of sharks each year. Unless things change, some kinds of sharks may vanish forever."

This book addresses the components of vocabulary and comprehension, and critical thinking area of language arts.

Reading Standards for informational Text: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas: RI.1.7 – Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.

Students will be able to compare at least 3 types of sharks discussed in the book.

This book uses illustrations and details in the text to give you factual knowledge on sharks. This book has vocabulary which will be needed for the comprehension to meet the learning objective. Being able to use critical thinking, this is what students will need to be able compare types of sharks.

The Wonder of Sharks by Fog City (editors), Published by Fog City Press, ISBN 978-1616287900, 48 pages, Non-Fiction

This book is full of amazing photos, fun facts, and engaging information on sharks. From how they swim to hunt and even breathe, this book has it all. The photo's give the information given an extra BOOM! Students will love reading this book over and over.

This book addresses the components of vocabulary and comprehension, and critical thinking area of language arts.

Reading Standards for informational Text: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas: RI.1.7 – Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.

Students will be able to choose a shark and summarize in 3 to 4 sentences what makes it unique for them.

This book will help students understand differences in sharks and how they survive. Being able to comprehend the text and details will help them in meeting the learning objective of summarizing in 3 to 4 sentences which shark they find unique. The pictures and facts presented in the book will make reading and learning from this book amazing.

Hark! A Shark! All About Sharks by Bonnie Worth and illustrated by Aristides Ruiz and Joe Mathieu, Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, ISBN 978-0375870736, 48 pages, Non-Fiction

This book introduces beginning readers to a variety of sharks. It starts from the smallest shark (Dwarf Lantern) to the biggest shark (Whale Shark). It has many other sharks in between, like the Great White and the most obscure the goblin shark. The Cat takes you on an adventure of the world of sharks, explaining why sharks have lots of teeth but no bones; how their skin helps them swim fast and keep clean. It helps children understand that sharks have more to fear from us than we do of them. It is full of fun facts and illustrations that help with comprehension and critical thinking.

This book address the component of fluency and critical thinking area of language arts.

Reading Standards: Foundation Skills: Fluency: RF.1.4 – Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

The students will be able to identify and discuss two characteristics of sharks.

This book will give students the information need to be able to address the learning objective. It has many characteristics of sharks throughout. It will also be great for their fluency in how it is written in rhyme. The pictures also will help in the comprehension of the words which in turn helps their fluency.

Further Reading: Face to Face with Sharks by David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes

The link below takes you to PBS.org which has the cat in the hat series that accompany this book and other which are full of factual information and is a fun way to reach those students who many learn visually.

Additional Resources: http://www.pbs.org/parents/catinthehat/

Introductory Video for Text Set

This is a video with a sing a long for the students to learn. It is a fun song and comes from the Disney movie "The Little Mermaid." It will engage your students and get them excited to learn all about animals in the ocean.

Questions or comments, send replys to: micah3@ksu.edu

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