Read Together: A Cool Drink of Water #2

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MA Standards:

Reading for Informational Text/RI.P.MA.1: With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about an informational text read aloud.
Reading for Informational Text/RI.P.MA.7:With prompting and support, describe important details from an illustration or photograph.
Reading for Informational Text/RI.P.MA.10: Listen actively as an individual and as a member of a group to a variety of age-appropriate informational texts read aloud.

MA Draft STE Standards:

Earth and Space Sciences/Earth and Human Activity/ESS3.A: Engage in discussion and raise questions using examples about how humans use local resources (e.g., soil, water) to meet their needs. [Cause and Effect]

Head Start Outcomes:

Literacy Knowledge/Book Appreciation and Knowledge: Asks and answers questions and makes comments about print materials.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Reading and Literature 6: Listen to a wide variety of age appropriate literature read aloud.
English Language Arts/Reading and Literature 10: Engage actively in read-aloud activities by asking questions, offering ideas, predicting or retelling important parts of a story or informational book.

Read Together: A Cool Drink of Water #2

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STEM Key Concepts: Water flows downhill; You can change the direction water flows by digging paths or building walls and dams; You can use different objects to move water

ELA Focus Skills: Listening and Speaking, Genre, Comprehension (Making Connections), Vocabulary

Before You Read
Discuss with children how they made water move with different objects. Tell children you are going to reread A Cool Drink of Water and you want them to look for the many different objects people use to make water move and to see if there are any objects they would like to use in their next exploration.

As You Read
Hold up the book so children can see the illustrations as you read.

  • Have children put up their hand when they see a picture of an object they used to move water.
  • Pause on the first spread and ask, How is the man moving the water so he can get a drink? Is that similar to how you moved water today?
  • Pause on the second spread and ask, How do you know the boy is moving the water in the river? What object is he using to move the water?
  • Pause on the man squeezing the bottle and ask, Have you ever moved water with this object before?

After You Read

  • Turn to the last spread and point out that the people in the book are from many different places in the world.
  • You may want to flip through the pages again and talk about some of the ways of getting water that children may not be familiar with.

Take It Further: Share the “A cool drink of water around the world” pages with children. Point to the world map. You may want to point out where we live and then some of the places mentioned in the book. Ask children if they have ever traveled to a different part of the world; if so, point it out on the map.

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