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Monday, December 10, 2012

Food Chain


Lesson 1

Content Objective:
Students will build background knowledge about the food chain after watching a video and listening to a book about it.

 
Language Objectives:
Ss will respond orally to questions after watching a video clip about food chain.
(Listening & Speaking)

Ss will complete a graphic organizer to illustrate an example of the food chain.
(Visual literacy)

 
Materials
Pictures cards: horse, giraffe, elephant, zebra, rabbit, cow/ eagle, lion, bear, leopard, tiger/ dog, turkey, pig
Venn diagram
Discovery Channel:: What is Food Chain?
Non-fiction book, “The Food Chain,”  (from readinga-z.com)
Graphic Organizer, Animal pictures (plant, grasshopper, frog, fish, bear) 
scissors, glue, marker and color pencils


Warm-up
ü Ss will look at the pictures of animals on a pocket chart and classify the name of animals to each category: Plant Eater (herbivore), Meat Eater (carnivore), and both (omnivore).
   Use Venn Diagram to talk about ‘meat eater’ vs ‘plant eater’







Guided Practice

ü Use realia to show Ss that a chain is made of links.
ü Introduce term “food chain” by watching a video clip (discovery channel: What is Food Chain?).
video

ü T distributes copies of book The Food Chain.
   Ss will read through and discuss pictures and ideas on each page.



Independent Practice
ü Ss will be given a graphic organizer and animal pictures.
   Ss will color and glue the pictures on a graphic organizer of the food chain sequence.

ü  Ss will orally explain their food chains to the teacher.
 
video
 

 
Lesson 2
Content Objective:
Students will build background knowledge about the food chain after watching a video and listening to a book about it.
 
Language Objectives:
Ss will write sentences to recall the sequence of events from a non-fiction book. (Writing)

Materials:
Blank sentence strips, sentence frame

Guided Practice
ü  Students will be given five blank sentence strips.
ü  Ss will write sentences to show the relationship between a producer and a consumer.
ü  Ss will be guided to write five sentences in sequential order.
   The first sentence will be given and Ss will copy or write: The plant grows.
ü  The sentence frame will be provided: The_________ eats the __________.
 

Independent Practice
ü  Ss will write four more sentences to describe the picture of the food chain shown in their graphic organizers.
ü Ss will read each sentence to sequence all sentence strips in sequential order.














 

ü  If time allows, Ss will play food chain games online.

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/content/animals/kidscorner/games/foodchaingame.htm

Food Chain Graphic Organizer Food Chain Pics

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Four Seasons


Content Objective:
Students will demonstrate their knowledge of seasons and seasonal activities.

Language Objective:
Students will draw their favorite activity in each season and write sentences to describe the pictures.

Materials:

ü  Website – Discovery Education
ü  Pocket chart
ü  Avenue Picture Cards (B1: winter, B2: Spring, B3: Summer, B4: Fall, B5: sledding, B6: ice-skating, B7: planting, B8: jumping, B9: riding a bite, B10: swimming, B11: raking, B12: playing soccer)
ü  Paper plates
 


Warm-up

ü  Introduce the names of the seasons and types of weather from Discovery Education, and have students answer questions.


Guided Practice

ü  Display the picture cards of the 4 seasons in order.
ü  Students will match proper pictures of clothes and activities to each season.
 









(from Hampton-Brown Avenues series)







 
Independent Practice

ü  Give students paper plates divided into four sections.
ü  Ss will write the names of the seasons in each section and draw their favorite activity in each section.
ü  Ss will write a sentence to describe each picture.
ü  If time allows, Ss will write a sentence about their favorite season.



 
 




(I modified this student friendly Writing Rubric which I got from one of my co-workers.
Having Ss check their writing by using it helps them remember what mistakes they have made.)