In this informational text, vivid descriptions written in the first person convey the experience of diverse settings using similes, personification, onomatopoeia, descriptive verbs, and sensory language. Students imagine caving, being in a thunderstorm, surfing, mountain climbing, walking through a rain forest, deep-sea diving, hurrying along a busy city street, and skydiving.

Word Pictures comes from the Grade 2 Small-Group Resources kit but can be used by any students at a Level M instructional reading level.

Use this book to teach and reinforce essential literacy skills using the built-in teaching panels in the Take & Teach Book. Skills covered in this book include:

  • Decoding
  • Word analysis
  • Idioms
  • Text structure
  • Text evidence
  • Make inferences
  • Make connections
  • Monitor and clarify
  • Ask and answer questions
  • Visualize
  • Make and confirm predictions
  • Justify opinions
  • Cause/effect
  • Suffixes
  • Long and short /a/ sounds
  • /ow/ sound
  • Singular/plural
  • Similes
  • Descriptive language

After reading, bridge reading and writing using the Partner Talk and Going Solo activities at the end of the book, which help students transition from reading the model text to talking with a partner about their topic to writing about their topic with the help of a graphic organizer designed for descriptive informational texts.

The downloadable Take & Teach Lesson includes additional support for English learners, decoding and word analysis strategies, mini-lessons on text structure and text evidence, and five follow-up activities that support understanding text, speaking & listening, vocabulary & language, research, and writing.

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