This reading comprehension and writing activity will have students thinking about energy conservation and easy ways to save energy.
Skills supporting learning standards: phonemic awareness, vocabulary development, spelling, informative/explanatory text writing, participating in group discussions
The mini-storybook teaches students energy-saving tips while reinforcing their recognition and use of the sight word “will.” To start, write the word “will” on the board or chart paper. Explain that “will” is used in many ways. For example, we use it to express things that are expected to happen in the future (It will rain tomorrow), or as a way of saying we’re willing to do or are okay with doing something (I will be nice). Provide students with examples.
Next, copy and distribute the activity sheet to students. Read the instructions and then have students cut out and fold the page to make their booklets. Students should fold on the horizontal line, then the vertical line. With younger students, read the story together and have students fill in the word “will” on the lines. Older students can complete the sentences on their own. Students should finish the book by writing a sentence about and drawing a picture of something they will do to help save energy. Students can then color the booklet and share it with their families.
As a follow-up activity, create a class storybook about energy conservation. Have each student contribute a page with an energy-saving tip and picture.