The Seasons and the Sun1st Grade • Half Day Lesson Plan
Subject: ELA, Informational
Type: Half Day Lesson Plan
CCSS: 1-ESS1-2, 1.RI.1, 1.RI.2, 1.RI.4, 1.RI.5, 1.RI.7
Skills: Based on the NGSS 1.ESS1-2, Students discover concepts about seasons and the sun (rotate and revolve) using complex text and text dependent questions, diagrams, drawing, labeling, acting, chanting and collaborative discussions.
Materials Needed: Pencils, crayons/colored pencils, large ball to represent sun, small ball to represent earth with a sticker on the northern hemisphere to represent where we live, flashlight if available, tape, and a document camera or whiteboard.
Printable Resources: Required Printable Resources: “The Seasons and the Sun” text (pages 21-27) (1 copy for the teacher, “Exit Slips” (1 copy per student), “The Seasons and the Sun Song” (1 copy for teacher), “The Earth’s Movements” (1 copy per student) (1 for demonstration), “Seasons and the Sun Vocabulary” (1 copy per student) (1 for demonstration), “Acting Out the Earth’s Movements” (1 for demonstration) Cut out signs before the lesson, and “Revolving Around the Sun Foldable” (1 copy per student) (1 for demonstration). Optional Printable Teacher Resources: “Break Up Your Day” movement break ideas.
Lesson Plan Description
In this half day lesson plan, divided into 3 segments, 1st grade students will discover information about seasons and the sun (rotate and revolve) based on the NGSS 1.ESS1-2 using diagrams, drawing, labeling, chanting and collaborative discussions. In Segment 1, students will use context clues in order to define new vocabulary (rotate and revolve), and ask and answer questions about the topic and important details. In addition, they will interpret data from diagrams and draw and label parts of the earth and the earth’s seasons in relation to the sun. In Segment 2, students will continue to use text dependent questions to determine key details and explain the difference between rotate and revolve. Through chanting and acting out, they will “see” how day and night, seasons, equinoxes, and solstices occur. In Segment 3, students continue to process their understanding of the concepts and create a foldable to show how the earth revolves around the sun to create the seasons. Exit slips at the end of each lesson provide valuable information for you in determining instructional next steps.