Curriculum overview for the year

Unit 1: How do you retell a story? Telling and Retelling stories

Unit 2: How do you write a story? We are authors and illustrators/Gerald McDermott study

Unit 3: Pop up books

Unit 4: How has the world changed? What is different today? Nonfiction: Then and now

Unit 5: Ebooks: Nonfiction

Unit 6: You are the author: Pick your illustrator on Storybird

Unit 7: Summer reading: public library, finding books on interests

Other lessons/ideas:

Information Skills for Grade 1

Library Orientation (Info Fluency 1.3.1)
  • Respecting books (Info Fluency 3.1.2)
  • Respecting ideas of others during discussions (Info Fluency 3.3.1)

Information Fluency
  • Finds fiction books for enjoyment using A-Z order (Info Fluency 1.3.1, 2.3.2)
  • Begins to use some Dewey numbers to find books on own interests (Info Fluency 1.3.1, 2.3.6)
  • Finds different formats (online storybooks, audio books, magazines, etc.) and different genres of reading material (Info Fluency 2.1.7, 2.3.4)
  • Parts of the picture book (Info Fluency 1.3.7, 2.1.4)
    • Title page
    • TItle, author, illustrator
    • Call number
    • back cover, front cover, end papers, spine, etc.
  • Finding books that inspire more reading (Info Fluency 2.3.2)
  • Shares favorites (Info Fluency 3.2.1)
  • Celebrates when they read all of one series, one subject, or one author (Info Fluency 2.3.1, 2.3.3, 3.2.1)

ELA Integration

  • Listens to read alouds, ask questions, and participates in discussions (Info Fluency 2.3.5)
  • Finding facts: Reading for information (Info Fluency 1.1.2, 1.3.10, 1.3.13)
  • Activating prior knowledge
  • Asking simple questions and finding answers in nonfiction books
  • Kids use bins of nonfiction
Deaf/Hard of hearing Characters (Info Fluency 2.1.1, 2.1.2)
  • Same/Different discussions using Venn diagrams
Genre study: Greek Myths (Info Fluency 2.1.3, 2.1.5, 2.1.7, 2.3.2)
Listening to storytelling/Visualizing/Illustrating favorite scenes

Technology skills integration

Internet Safety: Netsmartz (Information Fluency 3.3.10): Talk about the wizzywigs!
MS Paint: Publish stories and characters with text interface for words (Info Fluency 1.5.4, 2.2.4)
Online stories: OneMoreStory , Tumblebooks , Bookflix , Book Pals
Tux Paint : Using mouse, playing with stories
Tux Type : Keyboarding

Social Studies Integration/Visual Literacy

  • Now and then: Looking and discussing photographs or NYPL's digital collection (Info Fluency 1.3.9, 1.4.1)
  • Families Read-alouds: Define family and culture by using Families by Ann Morris. What is the culture of this family?
  • Compare families across picture books using a Venn diagram or a T-Chart. Tar Beach, The First Strawberries, etc. (Info Fluency 2.1.5)
Change: Then and Now
In the lesson below, we compared two stories, "The Little House" and the "House on Maple Street." We stopped to make predictions in "The Little House," and they had four varieties of predictions, all being accurate in some way!! See "display time doc for more info and rubric.

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  1. The House on Maple Street - create a four-panel comic of what our school used to look like.
  2. The Little House - read it as a wordless book and create a two-panel then and now
  3. I Go with My Family to Grandma's - create a two-panel then and now: draw how your visit a relative or friend back then & now
  4. Then and now books - independent reading of guided reading books and share one with class.