This lesson is compatible with the Kindergarten Common Core ELA standards RI.K.1, RI.K.2, RI.K.3, RI.K.4, RI.K.5, RI.K.6, RI.K.7, RI.K.8, RI.K.9, RI.K.10.
This lesson is also compatible with the NGSS* Earth Science standard K-ESS2-2, which states that students should “[c]onstruct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs.”
This Earth Science lesson is jam-packed with fun! It covers science and language arts standards simultaneously through a creative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) lesson. It begins by examining grade level informational books about beavers. The questions on the worksheets are aligned with the Kindergarten Common Core Standards for Informational Text.
The Earth Science standard is covered when the students take a closer look at both the physiology of beavers and the dams they build. Students will create their own beaver paper bag family and their own dam made of sticks and mud.
Printable cut outs for making the beaver family are included in the lesson!
The lesson is summed up with a comprehensive assessment which allows the instructor to determine whether or not the objectives of the lesson were met.
Here is what’s included in the 57-page lesson:
-Clickable table of contents
-Teacher materials list and notes
-A Next Generation Science Standards* Poster stating “I can…” or “I understand…” statements aligned with the standards
-8 pages of vocabulary cards related to the topic of Earth science, ELA, and beavers
-5 pages of worksheets about Earth science, ELA, and beavers
-7 pages of a hands-on activity about Earth science, ELA, and beavers including materials list, directions, and printable cut-outs for the beaver family
-BONUS!!! Detailed description of our hands-on project, including pictures and videos available on our website Curious Little Classroom
-A 9-page assessment covering the lesson objectives
-Worksheet and assessment answer keys
-A comprehensive lesson plan including:
Title, Grade, Objectives, NGSS*, Materials Needed, Connections to Real Life, Connections Across the Curriculum, Anticipated Difficulties with the Content, Pre-Requisite Knowledge, Key Vocabulary, Lesson Delivery Method, Examples for Better Understanding, Assessment, Wrap Up and Review, Extensions, and Modifications.
This lesson can be used in a general education or special education classroom, in a home school setting, or as an enrichment experience.
NGSS Lead States. 2013. Next Generation Science Standards: For States, By States. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
*"Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of this product, and do not endorse it.”
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