Informational (nonfiction), 800 words, Level O (Grade 2), Lexile 940L
Land mines are a serious problem in Mozambique and other countries around the world. Every year, thousands of people are hurt or killed by these dangerous, hidden weapons. HeroRATs: Rats Who Save Lives tells how some unlikely heroes are helping solve the land mine problems. Specially trained rats can make the land safe for people to use for farming, building, or playing. Students have the opportunity to ask and answer questions as well as identify the main idea and supporting details. Photographs, captions, and a map support the text.
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Guided Reading Lesson
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Use the reading strategy of asking and answering questions to understand text
Identify main idea and supporting details
Identify initial consonant r-blends
Grammar and Mechanics
Recognize and use simple adjectives
Identify and use suffixes
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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