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Informational Life Science: “Food Chains & Food Webs” (Summarizing)

5th Grade • 1 Hour Lesson
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Lesson Plan Description

This is a 1-hour, fully scripted Fifth Grade ELA lesson plan addressing several ELA standards (RI.5.1-5.3, 5.8). This lesson uses the printable informational text, “Food Chains & Food Webs,” by Jennifer Kaul. During this lesson your students will engage in several close reading comprehension techniques. They will practice synthesizing a text, identifying key details, focus on informational text features, and write a summary. The students will create and use two headings to write a summary of the informational text. Then they will create a graphic organizer and complete an illustration of a chosen living thing and how it gets its energy.

This 1-hour lesson addresses Fifth Grade Life Science NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards). LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems The food of almost any kind of animal can be traced back to plants. Organisms are related in food webs in which some animals eat plants for food and other animals eat the animals that eat plants. Some organisms, such as fungi and bacteria, break down dead organisms (both plants or plants parts and animals) and therefore operate as decomposers. Decomposition eventually restores (recycles) some materials back to the soil. Organisms can survive only in environments in which their particular needs are met. A healthy ecosystem is one in which multiple species of different types are each able to meet their needs in a relatively stable web of life. Newly introduced species can damage the balance of an ecosystem. (5-LS2-1)

**The content of this lesson is derived from a portion of the Half Day Lesson Plan: Informational Life Science: “Food Chains & Food Webs.” Purchasing both this 1 hour and the half day plan, will result in duplicate content.