Age 7-9: Concept 1 - Environment: Unit 1

In this unit, your child will enjoy a story about the special friendship between a boy and his dog. She will also learn about the effects of weather on farm life.

This unit can be used independently but is designed to be used in conjunction with the Amazing Weather science unit.


  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books on a 3rd or early 4th grade reading level
  • Can answer comprehension questions about a chapter in a journal
  • Able to write three or four sentences on a topic
  • Usually used by children in third grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Weather on the Farm (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: The Storm (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: The Tornado
  • Lesson 4: A Card Trick
  • Lesson 5: Turtles (2 Days)
  • Lesson 6: The Best Pet Award
  • Lesson 7: Conflict
  • Lesson 8: The End of the Storm (2 Days)
  • Lesson 9: Plot
  • Final Project: Think-Tac-Toe

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Compare language and oral traditions from different cultures. (Language Arts)
  • Compare similarities and differences between oneself and another. (Language Arts)
  • Connect and compare information within and across selections (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama) to personal experience and knowledge. (Language Arts)
  • Discuss meanings of words and develop vocabulary through meaningful experiences. (Language Arts)
  • Draw and discuss visual images based on text description. (Language Arts)
  • Examine author's decisions and word choice. (Language Arts)
  • Explain and describe new concepts and information in own words (e.g., plot, setting, major events, characters, author's message, connections, topic, key vocabulary, key concepts, text features). (Language Arts)
  • Identify elements of fiction by determining plot, sequence, and resolution. (Language Arts)
  • Increase oral and written vocabulary by listening, discussing, and composing texts when responding to literature that is read and heard. (Language Arts)
  • Locate and discuss examples of an author's use of declarative, interrogative, and exclamatory sentences. (Language Arts)
  • Locate information about a topic. (Language Arts)
  • Make inferences and draw conclusions from a text. (Language Arts)
  • Make predictions about events in a story. (Language Arts)
  • Produce a summary of a text. (Language Arts)
  • Read and comprehend figurative language in text. (Language Arts)
  • Read classic and contemporary works. (Language Arts)
  • Read critically to interpret and evaluate. (Language Arts)
  • Read expository materials for answers to specific questions. (Language Arts)
  • Read independently. (Language Arts)
  • Read orally with fluency. (Language Arts)
  • Recall main ideas, facts, and details from a text. (Language Arts)
  • Recognize distinguishing features of stories. (Language Arts)
  • Represent text information in different ways including story maps, charts, and graphs. (Language Arts)
  • Retell a story or parts of a story. (Language Arts)
  • Retell or act out the order of important events in a story. (Language Arts)
  • Write sentences with subjects and verbs. (Language Arts)
  • Write to communicate with an audience. (Language Arts)
  • Describe weather. (Science)
  • Analyze environmental issues and their impact on culture. (Social Studies)
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