ALEX Lesson Plan


The Sequel: Ready, Set, Let's Grow!

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Author:Taraethia Sullivan
System: Clarke County
School: Clarke County Board Of Education
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 33139


The Sequel: Ready, Set, Let's Grow!


If you and your students were engaged with the first lesson titled "Ready, Set, Let's Grow, you will be sure to score a win with this day two plan. In this lesson, students will learn about how plants change over time.  Students will use research and collaboration skills  to discuss basic parts of a plant.

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

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
ELA2015 (1)
18. Identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures). [RI.1.9]
ELA2015 (1)
29. Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of "how-to" books on a given topic and use them to write a sequence of instructions). [W.1.7]
ELA2015 (1)
31. Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about Grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups. [SL.1.1]
a. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion). [SL.1.1a]
b. Build on others' talk in conversations by responding to the comments of others through multiple exchanges. [SL.1.1b]
c. Ask questions to clear up any confusion about the topics and texts under discussion. [SL.1.1c]

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will be able to:

  • learn more about common plants
  • research facts about plants of interest
  • use sequencing to report information

Additional Learning Objective(s):

Students will be able to:

  • research information using technology
  • create a flip and foldable book to report the sequencing of plant growth 


 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

61 to 90 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

Student Material:

cards with names of plants for collaborative groups to choose from (exp. cactus, tropical plants, cabbage , coral reef, etc)

reference materials such as magazines, old pictures of plants, etc

books on topic (plants)

pencils and crayons

foldable books


Teacher Material:

rubric for assessment


Technology Resources Needed:


The teacher will need to have background knowledge on the plants chosen for student choices. 

Students will need to be familiar with an established routine for research. 

Research Routine:

  • Choose a topic
  • Work with a partner or collaborative group
  • Look at digital and printed resources
  • gather key details about the topic from resource material


* Foldable Book Template

  1. Use a sheet of legal sized paper
  2. Fold the sheet like a "hotdog bun" 
  3. Cut on the fold
  4. Take a strip and fold like an accordion.

Foldable Book Template

  1. Cut Squares of paper to assemble 
  2. The book should be clipped or stapled together

Step 1:  First group students by partner or group.

Step 2: Allow the students to brainstorm a list of plants that the group will be interested in knowing more about.

Step 3: Now the students will work together to choose a plant to research. During this step, groups should 

  • take turns speaking about what each child knows about the topic and want to know about the topic
  • decide how the group will agree on a topic

Step 4: Students will rotate from computers, to textual resources to gather key details about their topic. Students will use the foldable book to record details.  Each foldable page should reflect the following:

page 1- The seed looks like this. 

page 2- Here is the seed underground.

page 3- Here is the sprout.

page 4- It looks like this when it's grown. 

Step 5: Now the rotations should be complete. Students will need to create a flip book. Students will make a drawing for each page, starting with the seed. Let students know that with a flip book the drawings grow in size to show a plant growing. On each page, a plant picture should be drawn a little bigger than the picture before.  

The first page should show a seed.The next page should show a slightly bigger seed sprouting. Now, the next page will show the plant blossoming. The last picture will show a fully grown plant. 

Step 6: Each group will present the plant that was chosen to the class. The students will tell two- three key ideas about the plant. The group will also present the foldable books created during the reseach process. 

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Assessment Strategies

Students will be assessed according to the provided rubric. 




Students needing extra preparation before and after the lesson will be provided small group assistance. 

Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

Presentation of Material Environment
Time Demands Materials
Attention Using Groups and Peers
Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.