1. Revisit the text for understanding.
Have students identify sentences that give facts specific to the essential question.
challenge them to summarize main ideas and key details.
2. Write fact captions.
Print out images from
the gallery. Have students cut out the
photos and adhere them to an index card. Have them write captions that describe facts they learned from the slideshow or booklet.
3. Read with fluency and expression.
Provide a copy of the text-only page.
Invite them to read aloud together in a variety of ways.
4. Ask reflective questions.
Encourage readers to think beyond the text with questions like these:
- How would you know if a robin has chosen your backyard for its territory?
- Why is claiming and defending a territory so important to a male robin?
(It must be safe to protect his family so the baby birds can survive to grow up. It must have adequate food sources and water for the adult parents and the babies of 2 or 3 nestings.)
- What survival strategies do female robins need? (They often fight other females for the best males and best territories, ensuring better chances for their babies' survival.)
5. Go outside to observe and
Would a robin choose your schoolyard for his
territory? Sketch what
a robin would see and might wonder as it surveys your schoolyard
to determine if it would be a good territory.
6. Track robin migration with Journey North.
As robins spread throughout their breeding range, predict when
and where they will travel. When will they reach your hometown?