Informational Earth Science: “Severe Weather”Kindergarten • Half Day Lesson Plan
Subject: ELA, Informational
Type: Half Day Lesson Plan
CCSS: K.RI.1, K.RI.2, K.RI.3, K.RI.4, K.RI.5, K.RI.6, & K.W.2
Skills: Identify parts of a book, Identify author and illustrator of a text and define the role, Ask and answer questions about key details in a text, Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text, Cause and Effect, Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text, Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts
File Type: PDF Document
Materials Needed: blank paper, pencils and crayons/colored pencils, scissors and glue, 8 ½ x 11 inch blank paper – 1 per group/partner, 1 for teacher, and document camera or whiteboard
Printable Resources: Required Printable Text: “Severe Weather” book (1 copy for the class); Required Printable Student Resources: “Severe Weather Vocabulary” (1 copy per student, 1 copy for the teacher), “Exit Slips” as an optional assessment component (1 copy per student), “Severe Weather Cause and Effect” (1 copy per student, 1 copy for the teacher); Required Printable Teacher Resources: “Cause and Effect Pictures” (1 copy)
Lesson Plan Description
Kindergarten half day of ELA lesson plans containing 3 separate segments (45 minutes each) addressing reading and writing comprehension standards. These lessons include a read aloud of an informational text on the earth science topic of severe weather. Use the printable text, “Severe Weather” by Jennifer Kaul, to help students practice identifying parts of a nonfiction text, defining new vocabulary using context clues, asking and answering question, cause and effect, and creating a poster to show understanding of ways to stay safe.
- Segment 1: students will identify the title and author of the book, practice visualization by listening to the words and describing what they see in their heads, use context clues to define new vocabulary, define and draw pictures of new vocabulary, and ask and answer questions about the text.
- Segment 2: • students will discuss cause and effect on the topic of severe weather and destruction, use context clues to define new vocabulary, ask and answer questions about the text, and match pictures that show cause and effect from the text.
- Segment 3: students will use context clues to define new vocabulary, define and draw pictures of new vocabulary, ask and answer questions about the text, and create a poster showing ways to stay safe during severe weather.
This lesson addresses NGSS ESS3.B: Natural Hazards Some kinds of severe weather are more likely than others in a given region. Weather scientists forecast severe weather so that the communities can prepare for and respond to these events. (K-ESS3-2)
These lessons can be taught over the span of a half day or you can use the lessons independently, broken up over several days.