Informational Earth Science: “What is Climate Change?”3rd Grade • Half Day Lesson Plan
Subject: ELA, Informational
Type: Half Day Lesson Plan
CCSS: RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4, RI.3.5 & RI.3.8
Skills: Earth Science Informational Text: Synthesizing of Text, Key Details, Vocabulary, Causal Reasoning (Effects), & Text Features
File Type: PDF Document
Materials Needed: blank paper, pencils, crayons/colored pencils, and document camera or whiteboard
Printable Resources: Required: copies of Informational Text: “What is Climate Change?” by Jennifer Kaul (1 copy per student); Optional: Exit Slip (as an optional assessment component) (1 copy per student); Optional: “Causal Reasoning Design (Focus on Effects)” graphic organizer (1 copy per student or project using document camera for students to copy); Optional: “Brainstorming Design” graphic organizer (1 copy per student or project using document camera for students to copy)
Lesson Plan Description
Third Grade half day of ELA lesson plans containing 3 independent lessons based around an informational Earth Science text “What is Climate Change?”. These lessons include: close reading comprehension techniques (RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4, RI.3.5 & RI.3.8), partner and group discussions around a text, cause and effect relationships with a focus on effects, and creating a new informational text layout with text features in mind.
- Segment 1: Students will take literal interpretation of informational text to evaluation and synthesizing.
- Segment 2: Students will complete a graphic organizer to show the effects that climate change can have on
- Segment 3: Students will create a new layout for the informational text that incorporates select text features.
The text used in this lesson addresses the NGSS: ESS2.D: Weather and Climate: Climate describes a range of an area’s typical weather conditions and the extent to which those conditions vary over years.
These lessons can be taught over the span of a half day or you can use the lessons independently, broken up over several days.