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Teaching with Informational Texts: Close Reading Lessons for One Tiny Turtle

One Tiny Turtle was written by one of my favorite authors, Nicola Davies. 

One Tiny Turtle Lesson Plans

This book chronicles the life cycle of the loggerhead sea turtle.

As with most informational texts, we start by discussing our schema on the subject. We want students to think about what they already know and attach their new understandings to their prior knowledge.    Here are a few of the responses we got.

One Tiny Turtle Lesson Plans
Sea turtles hatch and go to the sea and live there forever!

One Tiny Turtle Lesson Plans
Sea turtles live in the sea.    Sea turtles start out as tiny as bottle caps.

One Tiny Turtle Lesson Plans
Sea turtles live in the sea.  They use their shells to hide from big things.

One Tiny Turtle Lesson Plans
Sea turtle start in shells.  When they get older they live in water.  Mom turtles hide there eggs under the sand.

 After reading the text, we create an anchor chart to help support our new learning.
One Tiny Turtle Lesson Plans

Students worked on their own All About Turtles books.

One Tiny Turtle Lesson Plans
Sea turtles have to hurry to the ocean so they won't get eaten.

One Tiny Turtle Lesson Plans
Sea turtles have hard shells later [when] they are older.
In addition to reading One Tiny Turtle, there are also fantastic videos.  Johnathan Bird's Blue World are always fantastic.


The lesson plans ending with a fun sea turtle life cycle activity.

One Tiny Turtle Lesson Plans

One Tiny Turtle Lesson Plans


One Tiny Turtle Lesson Plans

I also wanted to mention that we have added an additional version of the reading skills charts AND skills rubrics to our Guiding Readers units.  If you have already purchased our units, these are FREE to you.  Just go to "My Purchases" on TpT.

Here is a peek at what they look like.






You can find the lesson plans for One Tiny Turtle HERE.
You can find the entire Guided Reading Series HERE.

2 comments:

  1. Great post, Deanna! I can't wait to share it with my school. So many teachers hear "close reading" and panic! Thanks for making it so Do-able!

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  2. hello Mrs Jumps,
    I love what you do as a teacher and wish you could mentor me likewise. I teach ICT at Grace Schools, Lagos-Nigeria. Hope to hear from you. Thanks

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