Oceans Grade 3 text Set By Joahna Roney

Rationale:

This Ocean based text set is made for a 3rd grade classroom. It is important for your students/ children to learn about this because living in Kansas many of our students have little to no knowledge of what the ocean is like or what animals live in them. According to "Yardsticks" by Chip Wood, children at this age are "showing increased interest in the natural world and classification". Studying the different aspects of the oceans with these 10 texts will met that interest. They will be able to explore information like different types of sea creatures, the zones of the ocean, and the names of the oceans while growing their reading skills and vocabulary.

LIST OF TEXTS:

Fiction:

"The Snail and the Whale" by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler

"The Rainbow Fish" by Marcus Pfister

"I'm the Best Artist in the Ocean" By Kevin Sherry

Non-Fiction:

"Wish for a Fish!: All about sea creatures" by Bonnie Worth and illustrated by Aristides Ruiz

"Hark! a Shark!: all about sharks" by Bonnie Worth and illustrated by Aristides Ruiz and Joe Mathieu

"A whale of a Tale!: All about porpoise, dolphins, and whales " by Bonnie Worth and illustrated by Aristides Ruiz and Joe Mathieu

Visual/illustrated:

"Ultimate ocean-Pedia" by Christina Wilson

"Ocean: a visual encyclopedia" by John Woodward

"Sharks: get up close to the oceans’ most feared hunters"

Alternative:

Finding Nemo (Movie)

Fiction Texts

Title: "The Snail and the Whale"

Author: Julie Donaldson

Illustrator: Axel Scheffler

Publisher: the Penguin Group

ISBN: 978-0-142-40580-2

Number of pages- 30 pages

Summary of the text: "The Snail and the Whale” is fictional book about a snail who gets to see the world on the back of a whale’s tale. The small sea snail always wished to sail around the world and decided he would hitch a ride. One day, a humpback whale came along and offers him a ride to sail with him on his tale. The snail and the whale traveled all over the world from ice bergs to sandy beaches to the caves and places under the sea. One day on the adventure, the whale got beached and the snail went and found help in a nearby village. The whale was saved and was able to not only continue sailing with the small snail but also with all the other snails.

Teaching point:

Out of the Five Reading First components, this book addresses reading comprehension. The book has a fun and joyful story line that is understandable for 3rd graders.

KCCRS- RL.3.1 – Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

Two of the six areas of language arts that could be addressed through this book is speaking and listening.

Objective: the students will be able to answer questions about a story and be able to support said answer by referring to a scene in the book.

This book supports this teaching point because it is grade appropriate. Children of this age should be able to follow the story line as well as know or have heard majority of the words used in this text.

Additional resources:

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=the+snail+the+whale+by+julia&view=detail&mid=296C36A9971C9A129420296C36A9971C9A129420&FORM=VIRE

This link provides a video of a read aloud of the “the snail and the Whale”.

http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/library/books/the-snail-and-the-whale This link provides many different ideas for using this book in your classroom.

The website not only provides teaching ideas for every subject but also provides a handout to use with the book.

Rationale:

This book is a perfect fit for this text set because it goes along with the given topic and has fun colorful story line to keep the students engaged. The age range for this book ends at 7, which is perfect to supply a book that is easier to read to help students who are not necessarily on grade level.

Title: The Rainbow Fish

Author: Marcus Pfister

Illustrator: Marcus Pfister

Publisher: NorthSouth Books Inc.

ISBN: 978-1-55858-536-2

Number of pages:12

Summary of the text: “The Rainbow Fish” is a book about a fish who has beautiful colored scales. The rainbow fish learns to share his most loved possession, his scales, and becomes the happiest fish in the sea.

Teaching point:

Out of the Five Reading First components, this book addresses reading fluency. This book is below grade level and will give children the chance to practice their reading skills and gain confidence in at an independent level book.

KCCRS- RF.3.2 – Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

One of the six areas of language that could be addressed through this book is reading.

Objective: The students will demonstrate their reading comprehension through answering questions during a read aloud.

This book supports this teaching point because the story line is comprehendible for a 3rd grader to understand. It is on the lower end of the 3rd grade reading level so it would be prefect for a student who is struggling in his/her reading development.

Additional resources:

www.marcuspfister.ch.

This link will take you to a website that is filled with great information on the author of the book as well as information on the book “the rainbow fish” and how it came about.

www.rainbowfish.us

This link will take you to a website dedicated to everything about book. It even has coloring pages one can download and print off.

Rationale:

This book is a great addition to the text set. At this age, they like "playing and working with peers of the same gender", the Rainbow Fish is a story about how to make friends through sharing ( Yardsticks,2015). The word structure, sentence complexity, and word meaning are on the easier side for this age group which is great to build confidence in struggling readers.

Title: "I'm the Best Artist in the Ocean"

Author: Kevin Sherry

Illustrator: Kevin Sherry

Publisher: The Penguin Group

ISBN:978-0-8037-3255-1

number of pages: 30

Summary of the text:This children’s book is about a giant squid that lives in the ocean. He loves to paint and calls himself “the best artist in the ocean”. Along the way of painting, other sea creatures say he is making a mess but in the end, he shows was making a masterpiece. This story is shows the great message to children to do what they love.

Teaching point:

Of the Five Reading First components, this book addresses reading fluency. This story’s text is not complex and has many frequency words, that for students are prefect to practice their reading speed and expression on.

KCCRS: W.3.3 – Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

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An area of language arts that could be addressed through this book is writing.

Objective: Students will construct a short story about a hobby they enjoy.

Explain: this book goes perfectly with the teaching point. At the beginning of the lesson one would read the story and talk about how the squid was doing a hobby that he loved. Then the teacher could ask the students some of the hobbies they love to do and use that as the jump off point to start writing a short story about themselves and their hobby.

Additional resources:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6vIM0-xxP8

This link goes to a read aloud of the “I’m the best artist in the ocean”. This is a great to have in chance you are unable to get the physical book.

Rationale:

This book is funny story with an ocean theme. The sentence structure and word meaning are on the independent reading level which provides the opportunity for students to practice their reading skills, such as reading speed and expression. The text gives the ability to focus more on the act of reading than trying to comprehend what the text is about.

Non-Fiction:

Title- "Hark! a shark!: All About Sharks"

Author-Bonnie Worth

Illustrator-Artistides Ruiz and Joe Mathieu

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

ISBN:978-0-375-87073-6

number of pages: 41

Summary of the text: “Hark! A shark!” is a great educational cat in the hat book. Cat and the hat and his two friends go down in the Super-Stupendous Shipshape Shark Spotter to go find sharks. The book takes the reader through a journey to see and learn about all different kinds and sizes of sharks that are all over the world.

Teaching point:

Of the five Reading First components, this book addresses vocabulary development. This has a wide range of new words that students may or may have not heard of or seen before. This text is great to grow their vocabulary bank.

KCCRS: W.3.10 – Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

An area of language arts that could be addressed through this book is writing.

Objective: Students will summaries information understood from a book that has been read to them.

Explain: The book goes with the teaching point because it has a variety of new vocabulary to expand the students’ word bank as well as providing a long enough story for students to have multiple topics to write about in their reflection.

Additional resources

http://www.deeperkids.com/bonnie-worth/homepage.html

On this link, you will find more great books written by Bonnie Worth!

http://www.kidzone.ws/sharks/activities/

On this link, you will find great printable activities that are all about sharks. They are activities like crosswords, mazes and word scramblers. These handouts are great way for your students to have fun apply some of the information they just learned.

Rationale:

This book is a perfect for this grade level. The word structure and word meaning demand is at the instructional reading level so students will be learning new vocabulary. At this age, they are "very industrious" on their course work so learning these new terms and vocabulary should be enjoyable for them ( Yardsticks, 2015). This book discusses the different types of sharks and what they are like, this age group will enjoy this because they are increasing their interest in the natural world at this time.

Title: "A whale of a tale!: all about Porpoises ,dolphins and whales"

Author: Bonnie Worth

Illustrator: Aristides Ruiz and Joe Mathieu

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

ISBN:978-0-375-82279-7

number of pages:41

Summary of the text : Cat in the hat, sally and her bother along with thing 1 and 2 go off an adventure on Captain McElligot’s Cetacean station to find and learn about porpoises, dolphins and whales. On their journey, they learn information of the different kinds of cetaceans and how they swim and eat , and their characteristics.

Teaching point:

Of the five Reading First components, this book addresses vocabulary development. This book is filled will new words that many of the students have not heard of or seen. This book will grow their word bank as well as grow their knowledge of cetaceans.

KCCRS: W.3.2 – Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

An area of language arts that could be addressed through this book is writing.

Objective: students will construct a paragraph on a chosen animal of cetacean.

Explain:This book supports the teaching point because it short factual book that gives students a wide range of cetacean to pick from for their paragraph. This book is short but long enough to give great information on porpoises, dolphins, and whales. It is a quick way for students to narrow down what animal one wants to write on without feeling over whelmed. A teacher could read this book to the class after introducing the topic and assignment

Additional resources

http://digital-storytime.com/review.php?id=227

This link brings you to a page that explains an app that goes with the book. It is a digital form of the book and is interactive. For example, the words that are in bold a student can tap on and It will give them the definition.

Rationale:

This book is a perfect for this grade level. The word structure and word meaning is at the instructional reading level, so students will be learning new vocabulary as they gain information about cetaceans. This age group will enjoy this book because they are increasing their interest in the natural world at this time.

Title: “ Wish for a fish: all about sea creatures”

Author: Bonnie Worth

Illustrator: Aristides Ruiz

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

ISBN:978-0-679-89116-1

number of pages: 41

Summary of the text: The cat and the hat and his friends go on adventure on S.S. Undersea Glubber to learn about the sea and its creatures. On their journey, they learn about the different zones of the oceans as well as what leaves in each zone.

Teaching point:

Of the five Reading First components, this book addresses vocabulary development. This book is filled with great facts about the ocean and it’s zones. Many students may not know some of the names of the many animals in the book as well as the names of the zones. This will give a chance for the teacher to go into depth about how to say each name of the sea creatures as well as explain to them what it looks like and does. When students are able to say the word in their speaking, they will able to transfer that knowledge into their reading.

KCCRS: W.3.2 – Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

An area of language arts that could be addressed through this book is writing.

Objective: The students will identify the different zones of the ocean by writing a paragraph on each zone.

Explain: This book supports the teaching point above because it offers a wide range of vocabulary of the different zones of the ocean as well as a visual representation for each zone. This book could be used in a read aloud format to help the visual and auditory learners.

Additional resources:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Xjg7i1uAHo

This link is a read aloud of the “Wish for a Fish: All About sea creatures”.

http://www.kcedventures.com/blog/science-for-kids-under-the-sea-ocean-bottle

This link will take you to a website that has a fun hands on activity ( ocean in a jar) that can be done in the class to develop a deep understanding on the ocean zones. It shows step by step what it needs and what to do to remake the activity.

Rationale:

This book is a great fit for this grade level and the other texts. The word structure and word meaning is at the instructional reading level so students will be learning new vocabulary. This book discusses the different zones of the ocean and what they are like; this age group will enjoy this because they are increasing their interest in the natural world at this time (Yardsticks, 2015).

Visual/Illustrated

Title: Sharks: get up close to the oceans’ most feared hunters

Author: N/A

Illustrator: N/A

Publisher: Parragon Books Ltd

ISBN: 978-1-4723-7676-3

number of pages- 80

Summary of the text: Sharks is an educational book filled with amazing facts on sharks. The book takes the reader on a journey throughout 21 different types of sharks, how they swim, their senses, how they hunt, their teeth, and their pups.

Teaching point:

Of the five Reading Firs components, this book addresses vocabulary development. This book is filled with great information on sharks as well as new vocabulary. This book exposes students to new words that they might have ever been exposed to.

KCCRS: W.3.7 – Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.

An area of language arts that could be addressed through this book is writing.

Objective: The Students will research sharks and their traits.

Explain:This book supports this teaching point because it has vocabulary and great visuals on 21 different types of sharks. this books is a great resource for students to gain information form for their assignment.

Additional resources

http://discoverykids.com/category/sharks/

This link has kid friendly shark games.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quq2r1lopq0

This link is to a YouTube video that is a trailer to a discovery kids app that is about sharks. This video explains the different aspects of the app and what it has to offer. This app would be perfect for students to have individual hands on learning in the classroom.

Rationale:

This book is a great addition to the text set because it is near the more advance reading level and for some, this may even be at the frustration reading level. But for the more advance reader, this reading level will be enjoyable. According to "Yardsticks", children at this age at are very interested in the natural world, this book will bring the natural world of sharks to them. Since this book is on the higher reading level, a teacher could read parts of it gradually in a read aloud. This way, the students are able to gain more vocabulary for their word bank and when they do see it in future reading they will know what it means.

Title: Ocean: a visual encyclopedia

Title: ocean a visual encyclopedia

Author: John Woodward

Illustrator: none

Publisher: DK Publishing

ISBN:978-1-4654-3594-1

number of pages:256

Summary of the text: "Ocean: a visual encyclopedia" is filled with colorful pictures and amazing facts displayed to educate kids on ocean life and the ocean itself. The visual encyclopedia takes kids on a journey to explore the whole ocean from the comfort of their classroom.

Teaching point:

Of the five Reading First components, this book addresses vocabulary development. The book exposes the students to range of great new words , for their word bank, about the ocean that they may have never came in contact before.

KCCRS: SL.3.4 – Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

An area of language arts that could be addressed through this book is reading.

Objective: Students will focus on a certain part of ocean life and conduct an oral presentation on it.

Explain: This book supports the teaching point because it has 256 pages filled with great information on the ocean. It is the prefect book to expand the students’ vocabulary bank as well as gives them information on their given topic.

Additional resources:

http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/moceanmobile.html

This link is to a website that shows one how to construct an ocean mobile. It gives step by step what to do as well as what you will need to make the mobile. One could modify this mobile and make it different for each student depending on what aspect of the ocean they are making their oral presentation about.

http://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/6-awesome-ocean-science-activities-kids/

This link will take you to a web page that has 35 science activities about ocean! This page has pictures and links to instructions for each activity. One of this activities could be added at the end of the lesson to have a hands-on approach to learning about the ocean. The students could also write up a reflection on the activity after they complete it.

Rationale:

This book fits perfectly in this text set because it almost has an endless amount of information on the ocean and is set up in a kid friendly way. This book is more on the upper level for reading at this grade but this text can push the students’ vocabulary development and enjoyable for the more advance reader.

Title- Ultimate Ocean-Pedia

Author: Christina Wilson

Illustrator: N/A

Publisher: National Geographic Partners

ISBN: 978-1-4263-2550-2

number of pages:272

Summary of the text :This book’s contents does its name justice. The Ultimate ocean-pedia is a book filled with information and pictures on everything ocean and is displayed in a fun and kid friendly way. It has topics like the different oceans, ocean life, the weather that effects the ocean, the coast lines and even “underwater exploration”.

Teaching point :

Of the five reading first components, this book addresses vocabulary development. This book is filled will fun new words that students may have never had the chance to be exposed to.

KCCRS: W.3.8 – Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.

Of the six areas of language, writing and reading is addressed in this text.

Objective: students will complete a fact sheet on a given topic and write a summary on it.

Explain: This book supports this teaching point because it gives students a wide range of facts and details about oceans and is organized so that it is easy to find what the students are looking for. With its wide range of information it provides students with new words to add to their word bank.

Additional Resources

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/oceans/

This link will take you to the ocean page on the national geographic website. It has videos and pictures on all different aspects of ocean life.

Rationale:

This book is a great addition to the text set. It offers an endless amount of information on oceans and its creatures. This book is more on the upper level for the average 3rd grade reading level but is great for the more advance reader. This book grows the students’ vocabulary bank which is great to grow them as readers because one can’t understand a word they don’t know.

Alternative text:

Title: Nemo

Rated: G

Realeased: May 30th 2003

Directors: Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich

Production company: Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios

Length: 1 hour and 40 minutes

Summary: When Marlin’s son, Nemo, is taken by a diver in a Reef and taken to Sydney, Australia, the small clownfish travels the ocean to find him. On his way, he meets a very forgetful fish named Dory and she becomes his companion on his quest. On their journey, they run into all different kind of creatures like sharks, turtles, a whale, jelly fish, crabs and seagulls. They find out that Nemo is in a fish bowl in a dentist office. Through an elaborate plan, Marlin and Nemo are re-united and go back to their sea anemone home.

Teaching point:

Of the five Reading First components, this alternative text addresses vocabulary development. Although alternative text is not a book but a movie, and it does not actually have text it still provides students growth in their vocabulary. It exposes students to new vocabulary like, sea anemone, Reef and Australian current.

KCCRS: SL.3.2 – Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

An area of language arts that could be addressed through this book is listening.

OBJECTIVE: Student will outline what the main events and supporting details of the movie was.

Explain: This movie supports the teaching point because it has new vocabulary that are found in the ocean and the students have to use their listening skills to know and understand what is going to in the movie. This movie has a typical outline for a story with a hook, climax, and conclusion, which helps students to be able to find the main ideas/points to complete their assignment.

Additional resources

http://movies.disney.com/finding-nemo

At this link, you will find the movie’s web page. You can play clips from the movie, read character bios and play games/activities that have the movies characters in them.

http://movies.disney.com/finding-dory

This link will take you Finding Nemo’s squeal, Finding Dori. On this webpage you will find games, bios on the characters and games. You will also be able to download an “educator guide” for the movie.

Rationale:

This movie is a great addition to this text set! It offers an animated view on ocean life with a fun story line. It offers a great way for students to apply their knowledge of the ocean as it shows the different kind of creatures and plants of the ocean. This alternative texts gives the students a chance to use their listening skills instead of their reading skills to develop understanding of the story.

References:

Wood, C. (2015). Yardsticks: children in the classroom, ages 4-14. Turners Falls, MA: Center for Responsive Schools, Inc.

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