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Informational Life Science: “Food Chains & Food Webs”

5th Grade • Half Day Lesson Plan
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Lesson Plan Description

This Fifth Grade, fully scripted half day of lesson plans is broken up into 4 separate instructional segments (30-60 minutes each) addressing several ELA standards (RI.5.1-5.4, 5.6, 5.8). These lessons use the printable informational text, “Food Chains & Food Webs,” by Jennifer Kaul. Your students will use close reading comprehension techniques, synthesize a text, identify key details, determine the meaning of unknown vocabulary, practice the skill of Comparing & Contrasting, focus on informational text features, and write a summary.

  • Segment 1: Students will take literal interpretation of informational text to evaluation and synthesizing.
  • Segment 2: Students will complete a graphic organizer to compare and contrast food chains and food webs.
  • Segment 3: Students will create and use two headings to write a summary of the informational text.
  • Segment 4: Students will create a graphic organizer and complete an illustration of a chosen living thing and how it gets its energy.

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