Surprise!: Challenge Activities (Theme 2)

This Surprise!: Challenge Activities (Theme 2) unit also includes:

Surprise! is the theme of this series of challenge activities. The surprise comes from the information your scholars will discover when researching topics such as alligators and crocodiles, living in other countries, becoming a veterinarian, real versus make believe, the lives of spotted animals, and the differences between plants and trees. In addition to their research, learners participate in grand conversations, write books and articles, and share their findings and final products with their peers.


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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Schedule time to visit the school library to research books about topics referenced in the lesson, or provide class time to research topics using mobile learning devices 
  • Go on a nature walk to identify the differences between plants and trees
  • Invite volunteers from other countries to speak to the class about their life in that country 
Classroom Considerations
  • Copies and craft supplies are required to complete this series of lessons
  • Multiple books are needed throughout the unit
  • This unit was created as part of the Houghton Mifflin English language arts curriculum; however, it can be used on its own or alongside another curriculum of a similar subject
  • Directions are written in detail allowing for easy implementation
  • Book titles are suggested for each reading activity
  • Additional independent work is listed for early finishers
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