Kindergarten half day of ELA lesson plans containing 3 separate segments (45 minutes each) addressing reading and writing comprehension standards. These lessons include a read aloud of an informational text on the earth science topic of severe weather. Use the printable text, “Severe Weather” by Jennifer Kaul, to help students practice identifying parts of a nonfiction text, defining new vocabulary using context clues, asking and answering question, cause and effect, and creating a poster to show understanding of ways to stay safe.
Segment 1: Students will identify the title and author of the book, practice visualization by listening to the words and describing what they see in their heads, use context clues to define new vocabulary, define and draw pictures of new vocabulary, and ask and answer questions about the text.
Segment 2: Students will discuss cause and effect on the topic of severe weather and destruction, use context clues to define new vocabulary, ask and answer questions about the text, and match pictures that show cause and effect from the text.
Segment 3: Students will use context clues to define new vocabulary, define and draw pictures of new vocabulary, ask and answer questions about the text, and create a poster showing ways to stay safe during severe weather.
This lesson addresses NGSS ESS3.B: Natural Hazards Some kinds of severe weather are more likely than others in a given region. Weather scientists forecast severe weather so that the communities can prepare for and respond to these events. (K-ESS3-2)
These lessons can be taught over the span of a half day or you can use the lessons independently, broken up over several days.