This unit was developed to be used in a first grade classroom. It can be modified to work in Kindergarten or second grade as needed. Begin this lesson with an introduction of the vocabulary. Display the vocabulary words on the word wall. Each vocabulary word has a corresponding picture to aid in meaning recognition. Four mini books are included that break the unit up into four areas:
• Plant Needs
• Plant Parts
• Plant Growth
• Classifying Plants
The mini books are assembled by cutting them out and stapling in page order. There are a few activity sheets that go along with the theme:
• Cut and Paste Plant Parts
o Students cut out names of plant parts and paste them in the correct spot.
• Diagram: What a plant needs
o Students write or draw what a plant needs to live in this diagram.
• Writing worksheet
o Students draw a picture about what would happen if plant did not get what they needed then they write about it.
• Cut and paste Plant Cycle
o Students cut and paste the plant cycle in the correct order.
• Categorize edible and non-edible plant items.
o Students cut out pictures and paste in proper box
Included assessment can be given when unit is complete.
This unit is designed to take about six 40 minute lessons with the assessment given on the 7th day. This can be modified depending on the level of your class. This will take me anywhere from 7-9 days depending on the day?
I developed this unit with the Common Core in mind. The importance of informational text and non-fiction reading is stressed within the Common Core through-out the grade levels. This presents material in a way that students do not seem threatened by, unlike a large text book.
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