Informational (nonfiction), 84 words, Level D (Grade 1), Lexile 200L
In Mud Balls!, two children take the reader through the steps to create mud balls. This informational book uses a familiar subject to make functional writing interesting for students. The text also affords opportunities to teach about author's purpose, capitalization, and other reading skills.
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and, in, we
dry, mix, mud, sand, scoop, shape
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Teach the Objectives
Make, revise, and confirm predictions to understand text
Author's Purpose : Determine author's purpose
Initial and Final Sounds : Discriminate initial and final consonant /s/ sound
Consonants : Identify initial and final consonant Ss
Grammar and Mechanics
Capitalization : Identify and use capitalization
Concept Words : Recognize and use position words
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups
or whole class