Sunken Treasure Resource Set

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Summary

Sunken Treasure by Gail Gibbons

In this nonfiction book, readers will learn about the Atocha, one of the most famous shipwrecks of all time. The Atocha and the treasure it was carrying sank off the coast of Florida in 1622, but no one was able to recover it until the 1960s. This underwater adventure will capture the curiosity of readers while they practice advanced application of various comprehension strategies.

Teach with Sunken Treasure by Gail Gibbons

Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using Sunken Treasure by Gail Gibbons

  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
  • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Base Word + Suffix ly
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
  • Answer Keys
  • Complete Common Core Alignment
  • and More!
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Common Core Alignment
  • Asking Questions: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.1 RI.4.4 RI.4.9 RL.4.10 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Determining Importance: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.10 RI.4.2 RI.4.7 RI.4.8 RI.4.9 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Retelling & Summarizing: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.2 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Understanding Text Structure: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.1 RI.4.10 RI.4.5 RI.4.7 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Visualizing: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.1 RI.4.10 RI.4.7 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Word Work: RF.4.3 RF.4.4
  • Vocabulary: L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6
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    Sunken Treasure Resource Set

    Asking Questions with Sunken Treasure

    This book and lesson plan are ideal for readers who are working to advance their comprehension by asking questions while reading. The world described in this nonfiction book will likely be new to your students, so readers will naturally ask questions to help them dig deeper into the topic of this text.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.1 RI.4.4 RI.4.9 RL.4.10 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9

    Determining Importance with Sunken Treasure

    This lesson plan is an excellent resource for supporting students who are working on determining importance with longer, more informative texts. This lesson plan encourages readers to stop at the end of each section to determine which details are the most important to remember and which apply to the main idea of the story.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.10 RI.4.2 RI.4.7 RI.4.8 RI.4.9 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9

    Retelling and Summarizing with Sunken Treasure

    Sunken Treasure is a good choice for advanced readers who are practicing retelling and summarizing with higher-level texts. The author uses headings to move the reader through the information in the book. This lesson plan will teach readers how to gather information across a longer, multi-section nonfiction text.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.2 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9

    Understanding Text Structure with Sunken Treasure

    The author of Sunken Treasure uses multiple nonfiction text structures to tell the story of the Atocha. This gives readers an opportunity to practice navigating and drawing out important facts from different organizational structures.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.1 RI.4.10 RI.4.5 RI.4.7 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9

    Visualizing with Sunken Treasure

    The detailed text and illustrations in Sunken Treasure make it excellent for supporting a lesson on visualizing with more sophisticated readers. Students will apply what they already know about sunken ships and marine archaeology to construct mental images while reading. They can then compare their visualizations with the book’s illustrations to make sure they’re on the right track.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.1 RI.4.10 RI.4.7 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9

    Sunken Treasure 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.

    Sunken Treasure Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Sunken Treasure. 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.

    Sunken Treasure Word Work - Base Word + Suffix ly

    If you use Sunken Treasure as an anchor text for reading comprehension, you can take advantage of your students’ framework and directly tie in word study as well. This book is a good resource for teaching a phonics lesson about base word + suffix ly. 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.4.3 RF.4.4

    Sunken Treasure Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Sunken Treasure, it’s helpful to review the new vocabulary used in the story. Either download the Sunken Treasure Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6

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