Unit Overview

Content Area: Language Arts
Unit Title: Scott Foresman Reading, Fantastic Voyage: My World and Yours, Unit 2
Target Course/Grade Level: 5th Grade Inclusion/Language Arts
Name: Melissa Ingram
School: Pennsauken
Date: August 12, 2010

Unit Summary
This unit focuses on five critical areas of instruction; phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension.  It provides built-in skills for student instruction and test preparation, as well as leveled resources to help every child master grade-level reading skills.  My World and Yours is the second unit of the Scott Foresman series Fantastic Voyage for Grade 5, following Relating to Others. In Relating to Others, students recognize what are the important things in life and acquire the five target skills of sequence, character, generalizing, cause and effect, and author’s purpose.  In My World and Yours, students will become aware of their surroundings and relate to their environment.  In this unit, students will be introduced to new skills.  The five target skills are: steps in a process, graphic sources, fact and opinion, author’s viewpoint, and drawing conclusions.

Primary interdisciplinary connections
Social Studies, Science, Technology, Art

21st century themes
Global Awareness, Civic Literacy

Unit Rationale
The activities and literature in My World and Yours encourage students to think of the world as dynamic, or ever-changing, rather than just still.  Students of this age group are usually eager to become more knowledgeable of their environment and caring for their surroundings.  My World and Yours asks the theme question: How do we show we care about our surroundings?  By the end of Unit 2, students will recognize what they can do to protect their world.

Learning Targets

Reading Literature 5.RL.10
Reading Informational Text 5.RI.10

Content Statements
Reading Literature 5.RL.10 By the end of the year, students will read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Reading Informational Text 5.RI.10 By the end of the year, students will read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

3.1.5A1 Use a text index and glossary appropriately.
3.1.5C3 Interpret new words correctly in context.
3.1.5D5 Apply self-correcting strategies to decode and gain meaning from print both, orally and silently.
3.1.5E1Activate prior knowledge and anticipate what will be read or heard.
3.1.5F2 Infer specific word meanings in the context of reading passages.
3.1.5G12 Recognize literary elements in stories, including setting, characters, plot, and mood.
3.1.5H8 Produce projects and reports, using visuals, media, and/or technology to show learning and support the learning of an audience.

 Unit Essential Questions

Unit Enduring Understandings

Unit Learning Targets
Students will:

Evidence of Learning

Summative Assessment (X days)

Equipment needed
Scott Foresman textbooks, Scott Foresman workbooks, Scott Foresman leveled readers, cassette player, smartboard, document camera
Teacher Resources
Scott Foresman Teacher’s Unit 2 guide, www.sfreading.com

Formative Assessments

 Lesson Plans

Lesson 1
The Diver and the Dolphins
42 minutes/10 days

 Lesson 2
The Fury of a Hurricane
42 minutes/10 days

Lesson 3
Dwaina Brooks
42 minutes/10 days

Lesson 4
42 minutes/10 days

Lesson 5
Missing Links
42 minutes/10 days

Teacher Notes
Make modifications and accommodations for students as needed on daily basis
Examples: listen to audio of cassette, reduce number of problems on homework/class work when necessary, allow for extended time, restate/reword directions, allow for small group or partner projects/activities

Differentiated strategies:  listening centers, guided reading groups, allow students choice of which center to participate in

Grammar activities:
Simple and complete subjects (Explanation activity C)
Nouns (Explanation activity D)

Curriculum Development Resources
Click the links below to access additional resources used to design this unit:
See UDL Teacher Toolbox

Lesson Plan 1
Content Area: Language Arts
Grade: 5th SC
Lesson Title: The Diver and the Dolphins, TargetSkill: Steps in a Process
Timeframe: 84 minutes/ 5 days

Lesson Components

21st Century Themes
X Global Awareness: Global map of where dolphins thrive. Ways to help protect and serve our environment.
Financial, Economic, Business, and Entrepreneurial Literacy
X Civic Literacy: Skills needed to be effective in participating in the community.
Health Literacy

21st Century Skills
X Creativity and Innovation: Discover research on dolphins, ocean life, scuba divers, etc. to create projects.
X Media Literacy: Viewing different media of dolphins, ocean life, etc.Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
ICT Literacy
X Communication and Collaboration: Working in groups/pairs
X Life and Career Skills: Ways people and groups can work together to make a difference in the community and in nature.
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Information Literacy
Interdisciplinary Connections: Science, Art and Media
Integration of Technology: Internet/computer access, Smartboard, document camera, cassette player
www.sfreading.com will be used for support in class. Websites will be viewed on the Smartboard. Audio cassette of the story will be played on the cassette player. Students will also view my own personal DVD and pictures of swimming with dolphins.
Equipment & materials needed: Scott Foresman textbooks, Scott Foresman workbooks, Scott Foresman leveled readers, chart paper, construction paper, markers, crayons, art media, magazines, glue, scissors, reference materials

Students will complete the following objectives with 80% accuracy:

Learning Activities/Instructional Strategies




Evaluation: Formative Assessment Tasks

Universal Design for Learning Options
Multiple Means of Representation

  1. Perception

Voki:   http://www.voki.com/
Voki is a text to speech generator that allows the user to create a personal speaking avatar that can be embedded in a website. The site offers a high level of customization ranging from the overall look of the Voki to the sound of its voice.

  1. Language & symbols (see Exploration activity C)

Vocab Ahead:  http://vocabahead.com/
Vocab Ahead goes beyond a single text definition to increase depth of word knowledge by also supplying visual representations, models of pronunciation, and examples that show how the word is used in a real context.

  1. Comprehension (see Exploration activity D)

Exploratree:   http://www.exploratree.org.uk/
Exploratree's "thinking guides" are a great way to guide students' information processing. Different organizers are available to fill out as a class and/or create models to serve as scaffolds for students as they build independent organizational skills.

Multiple Means of Action and Expression

  1. Physical activity

Click-N-Type:   http://www.lakefolks.org/cnt/
Click-N-Type is an on-screen virtual keyboard designed for individuals who have difficulty typing on a physical computer keyboard.

  1. Expressive skills and fluency (see Engagement activity E)

Kerproof Teacher’s Page:   http://www.kerpoof.com/teach
Kerpoof is an online program which allows students to choose from several forms of media in order to communicate their ideas.  Students can make a drawing, a movie, a card, a story, or a sketch. This is an opportunity for creative expression using various media for communication

  1. Executive functions

Student-generated "Reading Chart":   Working with students to create goal charts is an effective way to guide students' goal-setting skills. Teachers can emphasize particular behaviors and strategies that are needed to achieve a specific goal. Modeling these strategies will help students to become more independent in setting goals for themselves.

Multiple Means of Engagement

  1. Recruiting interest

Book Adventure:   http://www.bookadventure.org/
Book Adventure allows students to choose from thousands of book titles. This provision of choice is a great way to recruit students' interest.

  1. Sustaining effort and persistence

Student-generated "Rewards Chart":   A "Rewards Chart" heightens the student's goals by providing a constant reminder to the student as well as by motivating the student with meaningful rewards for achievement.

  1. Self-regulation

Goal Setting Worksheets:  Organizational worksheets are great examples of strategies that guide students' personal goal. http://worksheetplace.com/index.php?function=DisplayCategory&showCategory=Y&links=2&id=279&link1=31&link2=279