Why are relationships important?
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Unit Title: Relationships
Text: Winter's Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again
Told by Juliana Hatkoff, Isabella Hatkoff, and Craig Hatkoff
Electronic versions of the text are available for students with print disabilities from Bookshare.org (https:// www.bookshare. org/) and the Accessible Book Collection (http:// www.accessiblebookcol lection.org/).
This 3- day lesson focuses on relationships between animals and their caregivers. Students will analyze this relationship by reading Winter's Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again, an informational text. Winter's Tail is an inspiring story of Winter, a dolphin, who lost her tail after becoming entangled in a crab trap, and beyond all expectations she was able to learn to swim with the assistance of a prosthetic tail.
Questions, tasks and activities are designed to ensure that students are actively engaged in reading. Students will be prompted to ask inferential questions about Winter and her relationships to further their comprehension and analysis of the text. Since students have read Dolphin Tale closely, they will naturally draw comparisons and conclusions between the two texts. Students will be provided opportunities to use writing to clarify, examine, and organize their thinking. Students will be required to refer explicitly to the text as the basis for answers to the questions they generate.
Note: The Quantitative Measure, Lexile level of 930 for Winter's Tail exceeds the parameters for third graders. The following reasons address Reader and Task and Qualitative aspects for using this text:
Pre-requisite: previous instruction on the concepts of main idea/detail. The main idea tells what it is mostly about. The supporting details help understand the main idea.
Imagine a friend saw you carrying these two books and asked you to explain the differences between the two books.
Today you will write an explanation comparing these two books. Use what you have read in the texts and the information on the chart to compare and contrast the important parts of the books. Be sure your sentences make sense and that your spelling and punctuation are correct.
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is the world's most famous rescue center for injured, sick, or stranded sea animals. Much like a hospital, animals that come to the center are seen by many animal doctors called veterinarians. Many animals that are rescued get better and can return to the sea. Some that are injured too badly will stay safely in the marine tanks. The good news is that the center never closes so anyone can call any time to get help for a sea animal in danger.
In addition to helping hurt animals, this rescue center in Florida, teaches people young and old about the importance of protecting sea animals and taking care of our oceans.
Another important job of the center is to take care of Florida's sea turtles. When sea turtles make their nests on the beach, many workers from the center walk miles of the shore to make sure the turtle nests are safe. When eggs hatch, volunteers make sure the baby turtles get to the water safely.
This passage is mostly about…
2. Underline or highlight the words or phrases that support the main idea.
WINTER WEB Movie
http:// www.youtube.com/ watch?v=BVYd- aj7h0g& feature=player_ embedded#!
Directions: Use information from the text to list how each person or group helped Winter.
Florida's Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Name __________________________ ________________________________
Main Idea:The trainer and the dolphin have a trusting relationship.
Write details to support this main idea.
1. ______________________________ _______________________________________
2. _______________________________ ______________________________________
3. _______________________________ ______________________________________
Identify Main Idea and Supporting Details (teacher resource)
Identify Main Idea and Supporting Details (student resource)
Reading: Informational Text
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