Combine information from several texts on the same topic to write or talk about the subject



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Combine information from several texts on the same topic to write or talk about the subject.

  • Combine information from several texts on the same topic to write or talk about the subject.

  • Explain ideas from an informational text and support my explanation with the text.

  • Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details.

  • Interpret information that is presented orally.



Summary: In the wilds of Africa, a baby elephant was alone and starving-and attacked by a lion. This is the extraordinary story of the people who were determined to keep her alive and send her back into the wild.

  • Summary: In the wilds of Africa, a baby elephant was alone and starving-and attacked by a lion. This is the extraordinary story of the people who were determined to keep her alive and send her back into the wild.

  • Genre: Expository nonfiction



Preview text. What do you notice about the diagram on the first page? How does it help keep the ideas in the text organized?

  • Preview text. What do you notice about the diagram on the first page? How does it help keep the ideas in the text organized?

  • Read and React: Take 20 minutes to read the text closely with your pencil in your hand. Write down everything you are thinking in the margins (questions, reactions, inferences, predictions, new learning, new vocab….)

  • Zoom in: As you read, notice the main idea of the text (how humans are both harming and helping animals in the wild). Underline details that support this topic.



Share all of your thinking with your partner.

    • Share all of your thinking with your partner.
    • Ask your partner:
      • What idea was most shocking to you from the text?
      • In what ways to Ishanga and the other elephants seem similar to humans? Find evidence in the text.
      • Do you think poachers would kill elephants if they saw these similarities? Find evidence in the text.


Create a four column chart

  • Create a four column chart

  • Word Text Clues Inferred Meaning Sentence

  • Jot down these vocab words

    • chaos
    • grave
    • revive
    • your choice


On your chart, jot down:

  • On your chart, jot down:

  • Text clues that help you infer the meaning of the new vocab

  • After reading, use clues from the text, infer the meaning of the vocab words and then use each word in a sentence of your own.



Check your inferred definitions

  • Check your inferred definitions

    • chaos: complete disorder
    • grave: very serious (homograph)
    • revive: restore, to bring back to life
  • Exit ticket: read one of your own sentences (that defines a word in context) to line up for recess



Essential Question: How can the human hand symbolize both hope and destruction for animals and their habitats?

  • Essential Question: How can the human hand symbolize both hope and destruction for animals and their habitats?

  • As we read the poem, Same Hands:

    • Underline evidence in green if humans are helping
    • Underline evidence in red if humans are harming


How does the poem portray the human hand as a symbol of both hope and destruction?

  • How does the poem portray the human hand as a symbol of both hope and destruction?

  • What does the author mean by the same hands that “crusade for laws to aid elephant’s freedom”?

  • What is significant about the way the poem is organized?



How to Save a Baby Elephant

  • How to Save a Baby Elephant

  • The Great Kapok Tree

  • The Amazing Penguin Rescue

  • Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out! and Turtle Watch

  • Oil Spill and Prince William



Find one sentence that shows how human hands are helping and harming. Write it on puzzle piece with page number.

  • Find one sentence that shows how human hands are helping and harming. Write it on puzzle piece with page number.

  • Look for one powerful illustration that shows helpful human hands.

  • Green puzzle piece-helping

  • Red puzzle piece-harming

  • Use sticky notes to help you



Share example from text.

  • Share example from text.

  • Share powerful illustration from text.

  • On a sticky note, answer:

    • According to our puzzles, what do human hands have the power to do for animals and their habitats?


Let’s unpack the question together.

  • Let’s unpack the question together.

  • What have you learned about the power of the human hand to help and harm animals from the poem Same Hands and the other texts we have read? Choose one puzzle piece and connect it to one line from the poem to prove your thinking.



Using the compare and contrast format of Same Hands, write and illustrate your own free verse poem using the symbol of the human hand to show how humans can impact animal habitats both negatively and positively. Construct your piece of art on white paper and make sure your illustration is a powerful image that symbolizes the importance of the human hand.

  • Using the compare and contrast format of Same Hands, write and illustrate your own free verse poem using the symbol of the human hand to show how humans can impact animal habitats both negatively and positively. Construct your piece of art on white paper and make sure your illustration is a powerful image that symbolizes the importance of the human hand.

  • Let’s share!



Read the lyrics of Waving the Flag to yourself. Notice how this song connects to the texts we’ve read.

  • Read the lyrics of Waving the Flag to yourself. Notice how this song connects to the texts we’ve read.

  • As you hear the song, follow along with the lyrics noting connections between the Same Hands poem and puzzle pieces.

  • How do all of these forms of writing (lyrics, poem, fiction and nonfiction) tie the idea of human interaction with nature together?




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