National Geographic Readers: Planets Resource Set

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National Geographic Readers: Planets by Elizabeth Carney

Explore our solar system with this high-interest, nonfiction text by Elizabeth Carney. Teach students how to comprehend the features of nonfiction text while practicing comprehension strategies to understand interesting facts about our solar system such as the difference between the inner and outer planets, why Earth is so perfect for hosting life, and the many ways humans use to explore space.

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  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
  • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Digraphs -ch, -sh, and -th
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
  • Answer Keys
  • Complete Common Core Alignment
  • and More!
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CCSS Alignment
TEKS Alignment
  • Determining Importance: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.1 RI.2.10 RI.2.6 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.10 RI.2.2 RI.2.6 RI.2.7 RI.2.8 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Making Inferences: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.10 RI.2.3 RI.2.4 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Making Predictions: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.10 RI.2.3 RI.2.4 RI.2.8 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Synthesizing: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.1.2 RI.2.1 RI.2.10 RI.2.3 RI.2.4 RI.2.5 RI.2.6 RI.2.7 RI.2.8 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Word Work: RF.2.3 RF.2.4
  • Vocabulary: L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6
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    National Geographic Readers: Planets Resource Set

    Determining Importance with Planets

    This determining importance mini lesson will focus student attention on using the features of nonfiction text to help them identify the important details author Elizabeth Carney included in Planets.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.1 RI.2.10 RI.2.6 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Identifying the Author's Purpose with Planets

    Planets is a great choice for an identifying author’s purpose mini lesson due to author Elizabeth Carney's inclusion of various features like visual elements, chapter titles, definitions, and quick facts. Students will put themselves in the author's chair as they consider why these elements were included.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.10 RI.2.2 RI.2.6 RI.2.7 RI.2.8 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Making Inferences with Planets

    Students will think like space detectives as they search the text and features of nonfiction text looking for clues to help them construct meaning of Elizabeth Carney's Planets. Using the clues they find and their background knowledge, students will work through this making inferences mini lesson to "read between the lines" of a nonfiction text.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.10 RI.2.3 RI.2.4 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Making Predictions with Planets

    Using the visual elements and chapter titles, students will practice making predictions before and while reading. As an important last step, students will have the opportunity to evaluate their predictions after reading Elizabeth Carney's Planets.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.10 RI.2.3 RI.2.4 RI.2.8 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Synthesizing with Planets

    As readers progress through this focused mini lesson, they will use the features of nonfiction text that author Elizabeth Carney included in Planets to acquire new facts about our solar system. Attending to how their knowledge of space and planets grows as a result of reading this text will have readers synthesizing with ease!
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.1.2 RI.2.1 RI.2.10 RI.2.3 RI.2.4 RI.2.5 RI.2.6 RI.2.7 RI.2.8 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Planets Extension Activity

    The BookPagez extension activities are a great way to push student engagement beyond the pages of the text. Try using this activity with early finishers, with students who show a deeper connection with the text, or as a center activity.

    Planets Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Planets. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    Planets Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of Planets.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes comprehension strategy practice pages, Reader's Notebook prompts (complete with Spanish Common Core "I Can" statements), and extension activities for use with Planets by Elizabeth Carney. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    Planets Word Work - Digraphs -ch, -sh, and -th

    If you use Planets as an anchor text for reading comprehension, you can take advantage of your students’ framework and directly tie in words study as well. This book is a good resource for teaching the digraphs -ch, -sh, and -th. You can find these lesson plans, interactive games and fun worksheets in your Super Pack, or download the individual Word Work package now.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.2.3 RF.2.4

    Planets Vocabulary Connections

    Your students will enhance their enjoyment and understanding of Planets if they’re prepared for new vocabulary introduced in this text. And this classroom-ready Vocabulary Builder has everything you need. Download the individual Vocabulary Builder or the Super Pack for fun, productive activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6

    TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the Planets Resource Set.

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