Informational Life Science: “Food Chains & Food Webs”5th Grade • Half Day Lesson Plan
Subject: ELA, Informational
Type: Half Day Lesson Plan
CCSS: RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.3, RI.5.4, RI.5.6, RI.5.8
Skills: Synthesizing of Text, Key Details, Vocabulary, Compare & Contrast, Text Features, & Summarizing
File Type: PDF Document
Materials Needed: blank paper, pencils, crayons/colored pencils, document camera or whiteboard, lined pieces of paper
Printable Resources: Required: copies of Informational Text: “Food Chains & Food Webs” (1 copy per student); Optional: printable “Exit Slip” (as an optional assessment component) (1 copy per student); Optional: printable “Comparing Design” graphic organizer (1 copy per student) or project using document camera for students to copy; Optional: printable “Brainstorming Design” graphic organizer (1 copy per student) or project using document camera for students to copy
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.