Unit Plan

Unit 9: The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller

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A novel study examines The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller. Fifth graders participate in daily readings, discussions, and assignments following an "ask, explore, imagine, observe, and understand" routine. A final performance task challenges learners to create a movie poster or trailer for the book.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Pay close attention to pupils' reactions to sensitive topics in the novel and take steps to ensure they feel comfortable and supported
  • Conduct a gallery walk for peers to view finished posters, offering them sticky notes to leave positive feedback
  • Encourage proper audience etiquette when watching trailers
Classroom Considerations
  • The final unit in a series of nine created by Core Knowledge
  • The unit follows a different format than previous units in the series; read through the introduction and lessons to familiarize yourself with the routine
  • Requires class copies of the novel The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller
  • Provides a log to record fluency practice at home
  • Lessons are clear and easy to follow, allowing for flexibility in timing, duration, and grouping
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