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Lesson 8 - Unit 1 Assessment: Birds (Scholastic Discover More), Pages 20–21

teaches Common Core State Standards W.1.8 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/1/8
teaches Common Core State Standards SL.1.2 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/1/2
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.1.5 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/1/5
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.1.7 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/1/7
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.1.4 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/1/4
teaches Common Core State Standards L.1.5.d http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/1/5/d
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.1.3 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/1/3
teaches Common Core State Standards L.1.1.f http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/1/1/f
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.1.2 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/1/2

Lesson 8 - Unit 1 Assessment: Birds (Scholastic Discover More), Pages 20–21

To learn more about this lesson, read the Lesson 8 Narrative found under the Additional Materials tab.

Daily Learning Targets

  • I can find information and answer questions about a new kind of bird in the text Birds (Scholastic Discover More)

Ongoing Assessment

  • During the Opening, use the Language Checklist to gather data on students’ progress (see Assessment Overview and Resources).
  • Use the reflection on learning in the Closing to assess students’ internalization of reading skills and to adjust future lessons.

Purpose of Lesson

  • In this lesson, students follow the same routine from Lesson 7 to add adjectives to the poem. In this lesson, they complete this task in pairs rather than as a whole group.
  • In this lesson, students complete the Unit 1 Assessment by listening to selected pages read aloud from the text, Birds (Scholastic Discover More) and answering several short response questions and selected response questions about the text and illustrations.

In Advance

  • Strategically pair students for the Opening, with at least one strong reader per pair.
  • Pre-distribute Materials for Work Times B and C at student workspaces.
  • Post: Learning targets, "Wandering through the Zoo" poem, and applicable anchor charts.

Digital Materials Preparation:

  • Prepare to display the lesson or assign it to students before class.
  • For digital assignments, ensure that students have access to a digital device. 


  • Text-specific: dabbling


  • White boards (one per pair)
  • White board markers (one per pair)
  • “Wandering through the Zoo” (from Lesson 7; one to display)
  • “Wandering through The Zoo” Poem (Answers, for Teacher Reference) (from Lesson 7)
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker Photograph (from Lesson 4; one to display)
  • Language Checklist (for teacher reference)
  • Just Ducks (one to display; for teacher read-aloud)
  • Birds (Scholastic Discover More) (one to display for teacher read-aloud, and one per pair)
  • Unit 1 Assessment: Informational Reading: Short Response about Birds (one per student and one to display)
  • Informational Readers’ Reflection Response Sheet (one to display)










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