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Informational Life Science: “A Polar Bear’s Body”

4th Grade • Half Day Lesson Plan
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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.

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