Informational Text: Glacier4th Grade • Half Day Lesson Plan
Subject: ELA, Informational
Type: Half Day Lesson Plan
CCSS: RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.3, RI.4.4
Skills: Close Reading: Synthesizing, Key Details, Cause & Effect, Vocabulary, Summarizing, Haiku Poetry
File Type: PDF Document
Materials Needed: blank pieces of white paper (2 per student), lined paper, pencils, crayons, document camera/chart paper/ or whiteboard (used for examples) Optional: dictionaries
Printable Resources: Required: student copies of the informational texts: "The Mendenhall Glacier" and "Thermal Expansion" (1 of each per student); Required: 1 copy of printable pictures from the document (color copy if possible)
Lesson Plan Description
This half day of lesson plans is broken down into 4 separate segments (30-60 minutes each) addressing several ELA Informational standards based around analysis of photographs and 2 Informational texts. Your students will use close reading comprehension techniques, create a book as an analysis of the text (vocabulary, cause and effect, and key details), and write a summary of the text.
- Segment 1: students will analyze and make judgments about photographs of an unknown location.
- Segment 2: students will produce a book which includes: cause and effect, vocabulary, and key details.
- Segment 3: students will analyze a second text source to continue their creation of a book which includes: cause and effect, vocabulary, and key details.
- BONUS- Segment 4: students will create a visual comparison of glaciers and ice cubes and write a Haiku poem that captures the intent of the text.
These lessons can be taught over the span of a half day or you can use the lessons independently, broken up over several days.