Age 8-10: Concept 3 - Similarities and Differences: Unit 2

Meet Stanley Yelnats, a boy who is wrongly accused of a crime and sent to a juvenile detention camp, where he meets a variety of interesting characters. Explore the desert biome and the dangerous animals that live in this region. Recognize irony, understand possessive nouns, and correct run-on sentences and sentence fragments.

This unit can be used independently but is designed to be taught in conjunction with the science and social studies unit Rocks and Minerals.


  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books at a 4th or 5th grade reading level
  • Able to write an organized paragraph
  • Usually used by children in fourth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: The Texas Desert
  • Lesson 2: Camp Green Lake
  • Lesson 3: Digging
  • Lesson 4: Caveman
  • Lesson 5: KB
  • Lesson 6: Sunflower Seeds
  • Lesson 7: Zero
  • Lesson 8: Sam the Onion Man
  • Lesson 9: Driving a Truck
  • Lesson 10: The Mary Lou
  • Lesson 11: The Thumb of God
  • Lesson 12: Treasure and Lizards
  • Lesson 13: Innocent
  • Final Project: Welcome to Camp (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze characters, including their traits, feelings, relationships, and changes. (Language Arts)
  • Compare communication in different forms, such as a dramatic performance and a print version of the same story. (Language Arts)
  • Compile notes into outlines, reports, summaries, or other written efforts using available technology. (Language Arts)
  • Compose readable text in a variety of forms. (Language Arts)
  • Consider a character's point of view. (Language Arts)
  • Describe how the setting affects the characters and plot of a story. (Language Arts)
  • Draw conclusions, make generalizations, and gather support by referencing the text. (Language Arts)
  • Gain new insight into text by using evaluative processes. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and describe irony within text and situations. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and discuss similarities and differences between concepts and ideas. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and discuss similarities and differences in events and characters. (Language Arts)
  • Identify relevant questions. (Language Arts)
  • Identify similarities and differences among characters and stories. (Language Arts)
  • Identify the correct use of homonyms in context. (Language Arts)
  • Identify the correct use of homophones in context. (Language Arts)
  • Identify the musical elements of literary language, including rhymes, repeated sounds, or instances of onomatopoeia. (Language Arts)
  • Identify the problem, climax, and solution of a story. (Language Arts)
  • Know the meaning of simple prefixes and suffixes. (Language Arts)
  • Make inferences and draw conclusions about characters. (Language Arts)
  • Put story events in proper sequence. (Language Arts)
  • Recognize and use adverbs correctly. (Language Arts)
  • Recognize and write similes and metaphors. (Language Arts)
  • Recognize distinguishing features of familiar genres, including stories, poems, and informational texts. (Language Arts)
  • Recognize sentence fragments and run-on sentences. (Language Arts)
  • Recognize types of story conflict within novels. (Language Arts)
  • Relate plot, setting, and characters to personal experiences. (Language Arts)
  • Share written products in a variety of ways. (Language Arts)
  • Summarize written text. (Language Arts)
  • Take simple notes from relevant sources such as classroom guests, books, and media sources (Language Arts)
  • Take simple notes from relevant sources such as classroom guests, books, and media sources. (Language Arts)
  • Underline and capitalize book titles. (Language Arts)
  • Understand how to use an index and a table of contents within a book. (Language Arts)
  • Use correct capitalization and punctuation. (Language Arts)
  • Use effective oral communication. (Language Arts)
  • Use figurative language in writing. (Language Arts)
  • Use logical thinking and reasoning to solve problems. (Language Arts)
  • Use oral and written language to answer open-ended questions. (Language Arts)
  • Use oral and written language to report information on a topic. (Language Arts)
  • Write for a wide variety of audiences. (Language Arts)
  • Write in different forms for different purposes such as lists to record, letters to invite or thank, and stories or poems to entertain. (Language Arts)
  • Write personal and formal letters that include date, proper salutation, body, closing, and signature. (Language Arts)
  • Write to record ideas and reflections. (Language Arts)
  • Create models to represent inventions. (Science)
  • Identify and discuss different rocks, including their role in geologic formations and distinguishing geologic regions. (Science)
  • Identify and record properties of soils such as color and texture, capacity to retain water, and ability to support the growth of plants. (Science)
  • Observe and describe how environmental conditions determine how plants survive and grow. (Science)
  • Observe and describe the habitats of organisms within an ecosystem. (Science)
  • Analyze changes, which have occurred in communities past and present. (Social Studies)
  • Describe how individuals, events, and ideas change over time. (Social Studies)
  • Describe similarities and differences among communities in different times and places. (Social Studies)
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