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Informational Life Science: “Winter Survival”

3rd Grade • Half Day Lesson Plan
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Lesson Plan Description

This half day of lesson plans is broken down into 4 separate segments (30-60 minutes each) based around an Informational Life Science text, “Winter Survival,” by Jennifer Kaul. These lessons include: close reading comprehension techniques (RI.3.1-3.4, & RI.3.8), practicing identifying key details, determining the meaning of unknown vocabulary, classifying information, creating headings, writing a summary and a creative writing assignment.

  • Segment 1: students will take literal interpretation of informational text to evaluation and synthesizing.
  • Segment 2: students will complete a graphic organizer to classify three animal species and how they survive winter.
  • Segment 3: students will create and use three headings to write a summary of the informational text.
  • Segment 4: students will create a graphic organizer and complete a narrative about their own winter survival.

It addresses Third Grade Life Science NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards). LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience When the environment changes in ways that affect a place’s physical characteristics, temperature, or availability of resources, some organisms survive and reproduce, others move to new locations, yet others move into the transformed environment, and some die. (secondary to 3-LS4-4)

These lessons can be taught over the span of a half day or you can use the lessons independently, broken up over several days.