What makes a community?
DAY 1 - PLAN 1
DAY 2 - SEED 1
DAY 3 - SEED 2
DAY 4 - SEED 3
DAY 5 - SEED 4
Day 6 - PLAN 2
DAY 7 - SEED 5
DAY 8 - SEED 6
DAY 9 - SEED 7
DAY 10 - SEED 8
DAY 11–15 - PLAN 3
DAY 16–17 - PLAN 4
DAY 18- SEED 9
DAY 19–20 - SEED 10
DAY 21 - SEED 11
DAY 22 - SEED 12
DAY 23 - SEED 13
DAY 24 - SEED 14
DAY 25 - SEED 15
DAY 26–30 - PLAN 5
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Lesson seeds are ideas that can be used to build a lesson aligned to the CCSS. Lesson seeds are not meant to be all-inclusive, nor are they substitutes for instruction. When developing lessons
from these seeds, teachers must consider the needs of all learners. It is also important to build checkpoints into the lessons where appropriate formative assessment
will inform a teachers instructional pacing and delivery.
The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel
A Colony of Prairie Dogs by Richard and Louise Spilsbury
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Thinkfinity Comparison Online Organizer
Model thinking about the author's purpose for writing the two different pieces of text about prairie dogs. Have students think-pair-share their
ideas about the author's purpose and how it impacts the reader.
Think aloud to compare the prairie dog communities presented in the story and the informational text with regard to the response to danger,
the organization of the burrow, the roles of individuals in the community, etc. Use a document camera to demonstrate how looking at both texts
to determine how an author of a narrative text uses factual information to guide his/her writing. Show how to alternate looking at the two texts
to note comparisons.
Have students work in cooperative groups to continue comparing details about prairie dogs in the narrative and the informational text using
the online organizer (or a printed Venn Diagram). Make sure students have copies of both texts in order to provide evidence to support their
Routine writing: Explain one way that the prairie dog community in The Great Fuzz Frenzy is like a real prairie dog community.
Example: The prairie dog community in The Great Fuzz Factory is like the real prairie dog community in A Colony of Prairie Dogs on
some ways. One way they are alike is ______________________________________.
Reading: Informational Text