In the Desert
Fluency, Phonics, Using texts as models for own writing, Vocabulary and word study
Environment, Life Science
In the Desert follows the experience of a young boy as he explores the features of a desert.
Features of the Book
- The high-frequency words – “you,” “from,” and “can.”
- The repetitive and predictable structure.
- Clear letter spacing.
- The contraction “don’t.”
- The use of senses to describe experiences.
- The use of ellipses, exclamation point, and commas.
- Photographs to support the text.
- The multisyllabic words – “mountains,” “desert,” “flowers,” “candy,” and “cactus.”
In the Desert can be used in a guided reading setting to introduce and reinforce the following skills and strategies:
- blending sounds together to make a word
- using a range of punctuation to read expressively
- introducing and discussing the meaning of new words within the story
- innovating on an original story line to write another version
For more information please see our Lesson Plan