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Informational Earth Science: Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources: Your Energy Use Explained”

4th Grade • Half Day Lesson Plan
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Lesson Plan Description

This Fourth Grade half day of lesson plans is broken down into 4 separate segments (30-60 minutes each) addressing several ELA standards (RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.3, RI.4.4, RI.4.5, & RI.4.8) using the informational Earth Science text, “Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources: Your Energy Use Explained”. Your students will use close reading comprehension techniques to independently analyze a text, partner and group discussions, practice comparing and contrasting, create a new layout for an informational text, and review the content in the text through a crossword puzzle.

  • 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 renewable and nonrenewable resources.
  • Segment 3: Students will create a new layout for the informational text that incorporates select text features.
  • Bonus Segment 4: Students will show understanding of the informational text on renewable and nonrenewable resources through a crossword puzzle.

The text used in these lessons addresses the NGSS: ESS3.A: Natural Resources Energy and fuels that humans use are derived from natural sources, and their use affects the environment in multiple ways. Some resources are renewable over time, and others are not.

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