Informational Life Science: “Winter Survival”3rd Grade • Half Day Lesson Plan
Subject: ELA, Informational
Type: Half Day Lesson Plan
CCSS: RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4, & RI.3.8
Skills: Synthesizing of Text, Key Details, Vocabulary, Classifying, Text Features, Summarizing, Creative Writing (Narrative)
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: “Winter Survival” by Jennifer Kaul (1 copy per student); Optional: printable “Classifying Design” graphic organizer (1 copy per student -or-project using document camera for students to copy); Optional: printable “Brainstorming Design” graphic organizer (1 copy per student -or-project using document camera for students to copy)
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.