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5th Grade Informational: Physical Science “Abracadabra! Changes in Matter”

5th Grade • Half Day Lesson Plan
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Lesson Plan Description

This half day lesson plan is broken down into 3 separate segments (45-60 minutes each) addressing several ELA standards using the printable text “Abracadabra! Changes in Matter” by Jennifer Kaul. Your students will use close reading comprehension techniques to practice synthesizing, key details, vocabulary, classifying, and text features (RI.5.1-5.4, 5.6-5.8).

  • Segment 1: students will take literal interpretation of informational text to evaluation and synthesizing.
  • Segment 2: students will complete a graphic organizer to classify physical and chemical changes in matter.
  • Segment 3: students will create a new layout for the informational text that incorporates select text features.

The nonfiction, physical science based text helps to address NGSS: PS1.B: Chemical Reactions When two or more different substances are mixed, a new substance with different properties may be formed. (5-PS1-4)

These lessons can be taught over the span of a half day or you can use the lessons independently, broken up over several days.