Informational (nonfiction), 1,226 words, Level T (Grade 3), Lexile 1000L
Deserts Dry asks readers to think about what they already know about deserts and adds surprising new facts about three of the most unique deserts in the world: the Sahara, the Gobi, and the Atacama. The book explains that some deserts are home to expert horse herders, lakes of salt, underground oceans of oil, and ancient civilizations. It also describes different animals and plants that can be found in these inhospitable climates and explains how they survive. Photographs and captions support the text.
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Guided Reading Lesson
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Use the reading strategy of asking and answering questions to understand text
Identify details to compare and contrast different deserts
Grammar and Mechanics
Identify and use hyphenated compound adjectives
Identify the meaning of and use the suffix -est
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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