Informational Life Science: “Parts of a Plant”1st Grade • Half Day Lesson Plan
Subject: ELA, Informational
Type: Half Day Lesson Plan
CCSS: RI.1.1, RI.1.2, RI.1.4, RI.1.5
Skills: Unknown Words, Main Idea, Key Details, Text Features (Diagrams)
Materials Needed: pencils, chart paper or whiteboard, & document camera or interactive whiteboard for displaying text
Printable Resources: Required: copies of informational text, “The Parts of a Plant,” by Jennifer Kaul (1 copy per student) Optional: printable “Exit Slip” (as an optional assessment component) (1 copy per student)
Lesson Plan Description
This half day of lesson plans is broken down into 3 separate segments (30-60 minutes each) addressing several ELA standards using an Informational Life Science text, “The Parts of a Plant,” by Jennifer Kaul. Your students will use close reading comprehension techniques (RI.1.1, RI.1.2, RI.1.4, RI.1.5), have collaborative conversations around details of photographs, ask and answer questions, identify the topic of a text, retell key details and create diagrams of a plant. Segment 1: students will use images and details in a text to describe its key ideas. They will also ask and answer questions to determine word meaning. Segment 2: students will identify the main topic and retell key details of a text. In addition they will ask and answer questions about key details in a text. Segment 3: students will create and label a diagram that supports an informational text.
It addresses First Grade Life Science NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards). LS1.A: Structure and Function All organisms have external parts. Different animals use their body parts in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, move from place to place, and seek, find, and take in food, water and air. Plants also have different parts (roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits) that help them survive and grow. (1-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.