Abel's Island
Age 8-10: Concept 4 - Exploration and Survival: Unit 1

This unit can be used independently, but it is also designed to be used concurrently with the science and social studies Unit 1 Animal Adaptations.


  • 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: Survival
  • Lesson 2: The Storm
  • Lesson 3: Where Am I?
  • Lesson 4: Who Is Abel?
  • Lesson 5: Perseverance
  • Lesson 6: Surprises
  • Lesson 7: Threats
  • Lesson 8: The Dead of Winter
  • Lesson 9: The Newcomer
  • Lesson 10: Escape
  • Lesson 11: Home at Last
  • Final Project: Your Own Deserted Island (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)
  • Answer open-ended questions. (Language Arts)
  • Ask questions about text. (Language Arts)
  • Compose a draft that conveys major ideas and maintains focus on the topic by using preliminary plans. (Language Arts)
  • Compose a variety of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama selections using a various topics and forms. (Language Arts)
  • Compose original poems. (Language Arts)
  • Conduct research for projects from a variety of sources (with assistance). (Language Arts)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of parts of speech. (Language Arts)
  • Develop vocabulary by listening to and discussing both familiar and conceptually challenging reading selections. (Language Arts)
  • Draw and discuss visual images based on text descriptions. (Language Arts)
  • Draw conclusions, make generalizations, and gather support by referencing the text. (Language Arts)
  • Identify (with assistance) the purpose, audience, and appropriate form for the oral or written task. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and discuss similarities and differences in events, characters, concepts, and ideas within and across selections and support them by referencing the text. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and interpret elements of fiction such as the plot. (Language Arts)
  • Identify multisyllabic words by using common syllable patterns. (Language Arts)
  • Increase sight vocabulary, reading vocabulary, and writing vocabulary through book discussion. (Language Arts)
  • Interact with the text before, during, and after reading, listening, or viewing by making connections. (Language Arts)
  • Interact with the text by locating information for specific purposes. (Language Arts)
  • Make inferences and draw conclusions about characters and events. (Language Arts)
  • Make predictions and inferences while reading. (Language Arts)
  • Read independently daily from materials consistent with reading level. (Language Arts)
  • Represent text information in different ways, including story maps, graphs, and charts. (Language Arts)
  • Respond to fiction by participating in creative interpretations. (Language Arts)
  • Respond to literature using interpretive, critical, and evaluative processes by relating plot, characters, and setting to own experience. (Language Arts)
  • Share a written and an oral project in a variety of ways. (Language Arts)
  • Show understanding and interpretation of text in discussion and writing. (Language Arts)
  • Support interpretations or conclusions with examples drawn from text. (Language Arts)
  • Use oral and written language to present information in a sequenced, logical manner. (Language Arts)
  • Use oral and written language to recount or narrate. (Language Arts)
  • Use oral and written language to report on a topic. (Language Arts)
  • Use planning strategies (with assistance) to generate topics and organize ideas (e.g., drawing, mapping, discussing, and listing). (Language Arts)
  • Use root words and other structural cues such as prefixes, suffixes, and derivational endings to recognize words. (Language Arts)
  • Use text and personal experience to verify facts, concepts, and ideas. (Language Arts)
  • Explain and discuss how humans and other animals can adapt their behaviors to live in changing habitats. (Science)
  • Observe and describe how all living and nonliving things affect the life of a particular animal including weather, other animals, and plants. (Science)
  • Observe and discuss how behaviors and body structures help animals survive in a particular habitat. (Science)
  • Compare how people in different communities adapt to or modify the physical environment. (Social Studies)
  • Draw maps of places and regions that contain map elements including a title, compass rose, legend, scale, and grid system. (Social Studies)
  • Use a scale to determine the distance between places on maps and globes. (Social Studies)
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