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Building Bridges Unit:6 Weeks of Lesson Plans{BUNDLED} ELA Unit

Building Bridges Unit:6 Weeks of Lesson Plans{BUNDLED} ELA Unit
Building Bridges Unit:6 Weeks of Lesson Plans{BUNDLED} ELA Unit
Building Bridges Unit:6 Weeks of Lesson Plans{BUNDLED} ELA Unit
Building Bridges Unit:6 Weeks of Lesson Plans{BUNDLED} ELA Unit
Building Bridges Unit:6 Weeks of Lesson Plans{BUNDLED} ELA Unit
Building Bridges Unit:6 Weeks of Lesson Plans{BUNDLED} ELA Unit
Building Bridges Unit:6 Weeks of Lesson Plans{BUNDLED} ELA Unit
Building Bridges Unit:6 Weeks of Lesson Plans{BUNDLED} ELA Unit
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**Includes ALL response booklets
Please download the preview for a complete list of the books used in my units.

Week 1 – Types of Bridges
Week 2 – Building a Suspension Bridge
Week 3 – Owen & Mzee: An Unlikely Friendship
Week 4 - Novel Study – Charlotte's Web
Week 5 – Novel Study – Charlotte's Web
Week 6 – Shel Silverstein - The Giving Tree and other poems

Week 1: Types of Bridges
In this weekly lesson plan, students will be learning about the 3 Main types of bridges. They will be using Seymour Simon's book about bridges as a reference. To get them interested in bridges, they will work in groups to build a bridge out of straws and masking tape. Using a bridge booklet that is included, they will take notes throughout the week and reflect on their learning. As a culminating activity, they will research one famous bridge using the internet. Information on the project and links are provided in the plan. Once they research their bridge, they will use the information to write a simple informative paragraph with the name and location of their bridge being the Main idea and the supporting sentences being the information that they located online researching.

By the end of the week, they are able to:
identify and draw the 3 main types of bridges
explain why the 3 main types of bridges are used in building situations.
explain how compression and tension affect a bridge.
research and find information about a famous bridge.
write an informative paper about a famous bridge.

The Bridge Book you will need is:
Bridges by Seymour Simon

The Zipped File contains:
The lesson plan contains the following:
+Common Core Standards
+Essential Questions
+I can statements
+Technology Links
+Detailed plans for the week
1 PowerPoint Presentation containing bridge pictures (taken from Public Domain)
1 Bridge Booklet template to copy for each student - the booklet is formatted to be printed front and back so that when you fold it all the pages line up. You don't have to print it as a book. You could copy it and cut the pages so that the students can paste them into their reading journals.

Week 2: Building A Suspension Bridge
In this weekly lesson plan, students will be reading Pop's Bridge by Eve Bunting.They will answer questions related to the story and identify the type of bridge in the story (learned in Week 1- Suspension Bridge). They will identify and draw a diagram naming the parts of a suspension bridge. Afterwards, they will make a model of a suspension bridge. The bridge will take 2 days to build. On Friday, the students will take a bridge building test where they will answer questions related to their bridge model.

By the end of the week, they are able to:
describe the narrative story elements in a digital text.
follow the steps to build a suspension bridge with all the key parts.
describe the connection between the steps in the bridge building project.

The book you will need is:
Read Pop’s Bridge by Eve Bunting (available as an E-book)

The Zipped File contains:
The lesson plan contains the following:
+Common Core Standards
+Essential Questions
+I can statements
+Technology Links
+Detailed plans for the week
1 Materials List page
1 Detailed Bridge Building Steps for students to follow while you model
2 pictures of the completed bridge
1 Bridge Test
1 Bridge Booklet template to copy for each student - the booklet is formatted to be printed front and back so that when you fold it all the pages line up. You don't have to print it as a book. You could copy it and cut the pages so that the students can paste them into their reading journals.

Week 3: Owen & Mzee
In this weekly lesson plan, students will learn that bridges are not always structures that can be seen but rather connections and relationships between people and animals. This particular story focuses on an unlikely "bridge" between two animals... a hippo and a tortoise. The story teaches the students about the features of a nonfiction text but also that stories (nonfiction or fiction) can teach us life lessons.

By the end of the week, they are able to:
answer questions related to a nonfiction text.
identify text features used in a nonfiction text.
compare/contrast two subjects (Owen & Mzee) in a nonfiction text.
explain how bridges relate to people, animals and other living things.

The weekly literature you will need is:
Owen & Mzee: The true story of a remarkable friendship by Isabella Hatkoff, Craif Hatkoff, and Paula Kahumbu
***You could teach the lesson with one book. However, it is more effective if the students have a book to work with. You could pair them up with a book or give them their own book. They will need access to a book at the end of the lesson when they compare and contrast.
This book is sold through Scholastic Book Clubs.

The Zipped File contains:
The lesson plan contains the following:
+Common Core Standards
+Essential Question
+I can statements
+Vocabulary Words (I have included 9 vocabulary words taken from the pages of the book.)
+Technology Links
+Detailed plans for 1 week (the plans are 5 pages long)
1 Owen & Mzee Response Booklet to copy for each student (8 pages long)- the booklet is formatted to be printed front and back so that when you fold it all the pages line up. You don't have to print it as a book. You could copy it and cut the pages so that the students can paste them into their reading journals.
1 Owen & Mzee Venn Diagram (I have included the WORD version in case you want to make changes or use the images I downloaded from a Public Domain clipart site.


Week 4 & 5: Charlotte’s Web
In this weekly lesson plan, students will read the novel Charlotte's Web and participate in a novel study. The students will use context clues to learn unfamiliar vocabulary words, answer literal and inferential questions related to the text and participate in extension activities. The lesson plan provided is written for a 2 week period.

By the end of the week, they are able to:
explain the story elements in Charlotte’s Web.
describe at least one character trait for each of the 4 main characters.
compare and contrast two characters in the story.
write a letter to Mr. Zuckerman expressing their opinion about Wilber’s life.
explain how Fern changes throughout the story.


The weekly literature you will need is:
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
***You could teach the lesson with one book. However, it is more effective if the students have a book to work with. You could pair them up with a book or give them their own book.
This book is sold through Scholastic Book Clubs.

The Zipped File contains:
The lesson plan contains the following:
+Common Core Standards
+Essential Questions
+I can statements
+Vocabulary Words (I have included 11 vocabulary words in the plan. However, you could use your own.)
+Technology Links
+Detailed plans for the week (The plans are for 2 weeks. Each day includes as activity to do in addition to the response booklet. You will need at least 45 minutes of reading time to complete the activities in the plan. )
1 Charlotte's Web Response Booklet with the vocabulary words to copy for each student - the booklet is formatted to be printed front and back so that when you fold it all the pages line up. You don't have to print it as a book. You could copy it and cut the pages so that the students can paste them into their reading journals. (10 pages long)
1 Charlotte's Web Response Booklet without vocabulary words to copy for each student - (10 pages long)
1 Novel Test - 2 pages long (no multiple choice. Students respond in complete sentences. I have included the WORD version in case you want to make changes.


Week 6: Shel Silverstein Study
The focus at the beginning of the week is on "The Giving Tree" and the unlikely friendship between the boy and the tree. The rest of the week is spent looking at other poems by Shel Silverstein and analyzing them for meaning, structure and mood.

By the end of the week, they are able to:
identify the rhyme pattern in a poem.
identify the rhythm pattern in a poem.

The weekly literature you will need is:
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein


The Zipped File contains:
The lesson plan contains the following:
+Common Core Standards
+Essential Question
+I can statements
+Vocabulary Words
+Technology Links
+Detailed plans for 1 week
1 Response Booklet to copy for each student. The booklet is formatted to be printed front and back so that when you fold it all the pages line up. You don't have to print it as a book. You could copy it and cut the pages so that the students can paste them into their reading journals.
1 pdf copy of the Poem "The Romance" by Shel Silverstein (found on his website)


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You do not have permission to post my products on any public website. I only give you permission to post on private networks if the appropriate number of licenses have been purchased.
You have permission to change the plans and resource materials for PERSONAL use.
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