The attached file is a week-long lesson plan designed to go with the first grade Common Core Curriculum Map Unit "The Amazing Animal World.” In my progression, this would be week 2; however, they do not have to be taught in this particular order. This lesson plan is a 5 day reading and writing plan along with a student packet with a cover page and student activity pages as well as a template for writing an informational paragraph that could be used with these lessons and others. I included a link to brainpopjr.com, however, if you do not have a subscription, you could still do the lessons. I have included both PDF and Word versions of each document if you would like to make changes to them.
The plans include: focus standards, vocabulary, essential questions, I can statements and technology links.
The focus standards are:
RI.1.4 Ask and answer questions to help determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases in a text.
RI.1.2 Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
RI.1.1. Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
W.1.2 Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
Students will read nonfiction texts about animals find and determine the meaning of new words. They will look at the same books as examples of how to introduce and conclude a paragraph about a nonfiction topic. Students will participate in shared and independent writing to compose paragraphs about animals. This lesson would be easily modified for struggling and advanced students.
The books I used for the lessons are (these could be changed):
“Where are The Night Animals?” by Mary Ann Fraser
“What Lives in a Shell?” by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Some other texts that are suggested for very good introductions and conclusions are:
“A Nest Full of Eggs” by Priscilla Belz Jenkins
“Starfish” by Edith Thacher Hurd
“Amazing Whales” by Sarah L . Thomson