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ALEX Lesson Plans  
   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (0) 4 :
4 ) Gather evidence to support how plants and animals provide for their needs by altering their environment (e.g., tree roots breaking a sidewalk to provide space, red fox burrowing to create a den to raise young, humans growing gardens for food and building roads for transportation).

[ELA2015] (0) 28 :
28 ) With guidance and support from adults, explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers. [W.K.6]

[ELA2015] (0) 30 :
30 ) With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question. [W.K.8]

Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Science (K)
Title: Plants and Animals Provide for Their Needs
Description:

This lesson will allow students to gather evidence to better understand how plants and animals provide for themselves by altering the environment. Students will observe plants and animals. Students will discuss their findings with group members. The students will write or draw about their findings. After writing with their group members, students will produce and present their knowledge to the class via Chatterpix.

This lesson results from the ALEX Resource Gap Project.




   View Standards     Standard(s): [ELA2015] (0) 30 :
30 ) With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question. [W.K.8]

[SC2015] (0) 5 :
5 ) Construct a model of a natural habitat (e.g., terrarium, ant farm, diorama) conducive to meeting the needs of plants and animals native to Alabama.

Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Science (K)
Title: The Needs of Living Things: Constructing a Model Habitat
Description:

Students will begin by brainstorming a list of needs that must be met for an animal to survive in its habitat. Next, the students will observe an ant farm, created by the teacher prior to the lesson, and determine how the ants' needs are being met through their environment. Then, students will create a list of needs that must be met for a plant to survive in its habitat and compare this list to animals' survival needs. Lastly, the teacher will assist students in developing a plan to build a natural habitat conducive to meeting the needs of a plant. At the conclusion of the lesson, the students will construct a plant terrarium. 

This lesson was created as part of the 2016 NASA STEM Standards of Practice Project, a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.




   View Standards     Standard(s): [HE1] (0) 12 :
12 ) Identify healthy foods, including snacks.

•  Recognizing the six food groups on MyPyramid
•  Identifying characteristics of various foods
Examples: taste, smell, color, texture

•  Locating the nutrition facts label on food products
[ELA2015] (0) 25 :
25 ) Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative or explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic. [W.K.2]

[ELA2015] (0) 28 :
28 ) With guidance and support from adults, explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers. [W.K.6]

[ELA2015] (0) 30 :
30 ) With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question. [W.K.8]

[ELA2015] (0) 31 :
31 ) Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups. [SL.K.1]

a. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others and taking turns speaking about the topics and texts under discussion). [SL.K.1a]

b. Continue a conversation through multiple exchanges. [SL.K.1b]

[ELA2015] (0) 35 :
35 ) Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail. [SL.K.5]

[ELA2015] (0) 36 :
36 ) Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly. [SL.K.6]

Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Health (K)
Title: Find the Fat
Description:

Students will experiment with and evaluate healthy and unhealthy foods. Students will take digital pictures and view during a class discussion about fat content in foods. Students will watch a video about healthy eating and exercise and respond to the experience through writing and drawing. 

This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.




ALEX Classroom Resources  
   View Standards     Standard(s): [ELA2015] (0) 9 :
9 ) Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding. [RL.K.10]

[ELA2015] (0) 10 :
10 ) With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text. [RI.K.1]

[ELA2015] (0) 25 :
25 ) Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative or explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic. [W.K.2]

[ELA2015] (0) 30 :
30 ) With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question. [W.K.8]

[ELA2015] (0) 41 :
41 ) Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts. [L.K.6]

[ELA2015] (2) 18 :
18 ) Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic. [RI.2.9]

Subject: English Language Arts (K - 2)
Title: Animal Study: From Fiction to Facts
URL: http://readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/animal-study-from-fiction-286.html?tab=1#tabs
Description:

This lesson describes how to use selected fiction and nonfiction literature and careful questioning techniques to help students identify factual information about animals. Children first identify possible factual information from works of fiction which are read aloud, then they listen to read-alouds of nonfiction texts to identify and confirm factual information. This information is then recorded on charts and graphic organizers. Finally, students use the Internet to gather additional information about the animal and then share their findings with the class. The lesson can be used as presented to find information about ants or can be easily adapted to focus on any animal of interest to students. Resources are included for ants, black bears, fish, frogs and toads, penguins, and polar bears.



   View Standards     Standard(s): [ELA2015] (0) 12 :
12 ) With prompting and support, describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text. [RI.K.3]

[ELA2015] (0) 16 :
16 ) With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the text in which they appear (e.g., what person, place, thing, or idea in the text an illustration depicts). [RI.K.7]

[ELA2015] (0) 23 :
23 ) Read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding. [RF.K.4]

[ELA2015] (0) 30 :
30 ) With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question. [W.K.8]

[ELA2015] (0) 35 :
35 ) Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail. [SL.K.5]

[ELA2015] (0) 40 :
40 ) With guidance and support from adults, explore word relationships and nuances in word meanings. [L.K.5]

a. Sort common objects into categories (e.g., shapes, foods) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent. [L.K.5a]

b. Demonstrate understanding of frequently occurring verbs and adjectives by relating them to their opposites (antonyms). [L.K.5b]

c. Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., note places at school that are colorful). [L.K.5c]

d. Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs describing the same general action (e.g., walk, march, strut, prance) by acting out the meanings. [L.K.5d]

Subject: English Language Arts (K)
Title: Writing Reports in Kindergarten? Yes!
URL: http://readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/writing-reports-kindergarten-73.html
Description:

This unit provides three types of reports that can be written and shared by kindergarten students. These reports allow young students to see themselves as writers with important information to share with others. In the first report, students report what they've learned about an apple using all five senses by completing a simple report form. In the second activity, they explore a variety of nonfiction media about animals of their choice. After they write journal pages recording simple information about the animals, completed pages are stapled together, and students create clay representations of their selected animals. In the final report, students use facts they have researched to create and share original riddles about selected animals.



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