article from NASA, and the procedural text to make a rainstick will all be used within this lesson to teach this first goal.
My second goal is to provide an authentic reading opportunity through procedural text. My students this year have craved "how to" texts during my guided reading groups. They love when I use these books and allow them to follow the directions. This has really pushed some of my more reluctant readers and we have spent a great deal of time discussing the importance of reading these types of texts throughout life (i.e. recipes, directions to build an object, or other manuals).
HERE. You may want to read the whole article to your students or only parts of it, depending upon the age of your students.
The directions are the same for each of the texts, but just written in a slightly different way. When each student has followed the directions, they will end up with a rainstick like the one pictured below.
- The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie DePaola
- Rain Dance by Cathy Applegate
- Sing Down the Rain by Judi Moreillon
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