Informational Life Science: “A Polar Bear’s Body”4th Grade • Half Day Lesson Plan
Subject: ELA, Informational
CCSS: RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.3, RI.4.4, RI.4.5, & RI.4.8
Skills: Synthesizing of Text, Key Details, Vocabulary, Classifying, Text Features, & Summarizing
File Type: PDF Document
Materials Needed: blank paper, lined pieces of paper, pencils, crayons/colored pencils, & document camera or whiteboard
Printable Resources: Required: copies of Informational Text: “A Polar Bear’s Body” by Jennifer Kaul (1 copy per student), Required: printable blank Bingo grid (copy on half sheets), Optional: printable “Classifying Design” graphic organizer (1 copy per student -or-use document camera for students to copy)
Lesson Plan Description
Fourth Grade half day of ELA lesson plans containing 4 independent lessons based around an Informational Life Science text, “A Polar Bear’s Body,” by Jennifer Kaul. These lessons include: close reading comprehension techniques (RI.4.1-4.5 & RI.4.8), practicing identifying key details, determining the meaning of unknown vocabulary, classifying information, creating headings, writing a summary and playing a bingo game.
- Segment 1: students will take literal interpretation of informational text to evaluation and synthesizing.
- Segment 2: students will complete a graphic organizer to classify the three main parts of a polar bear’s body.
- Segment 3: students will create and use three headings to write a summary of the informational text.
- Segment 4: students will show understanding of the informational text on a polar bear’s body through a Bingo review game.
It addresses Fourth Grade Life Science NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards). LS1.A: Structure and Function Plants and animals have both internal and external structures that serve various functions in growth, survival, behavior, and reproduction. (4-LS1-1)
These lessons can be taught over the span of a half day or you can use the lessons independently, broken up over several days.