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Grade Level/Subject: 1st Grade - Science Essential Standard and Objective Pre-Planning Topic: Earth Materials and environments

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L. Ausband 2011

1.E.2. Understand the physical properties of Earth materials that make them useful in different ways. 1.E.2.1 Understand the physical properties of Earth materials that make them useful in different ways. Students will be able to identify the differences between various Earth materials. Students will also be able to determine characteristics of different types of environments. Following a lecture on Earth materials and environments, the students will be able to identify and match various Earth materials with 90% accuracy. This lesson will teach students about the environments that surround them in their everyday life. This content pertains to students lives because it is part of their everyday lives and they will need to be able to recognize different environments in future classrooms. Students will be given an assessment (not graded) to see what prior knowledge they have on the topic. Students will hopefully be able to recognize everyday Earth materials such as: soil, dirt, sand, rocks, etc. Be able to determine what belongs in what environment if asked. Be able to compare and contrast two materials or environments using descriptive adjectives. Soil, minerals, sticks, concrete, wood, lake, pond, stream, river, ocean, rainforest, beach, forest, desert, etc. Decorations for different environments. Samples of: soil, rocks, sticks, minerals, water, sand, grass, etc) Video or video clip. Shoeboxes to create environments during the guided practice. A worksheet for the independent practice. Reading books about or with the setting of different environments (rainforests, desert, ocean) Websites with information and educational games regarding the environments and Earth materials. Content and Strategies Lesson Introduction I will begin the lesson by hooking the interest of the students by getting them to put themselves in the place of these environments. This will cause the students to think of past experiences in and outside of the classroom where they can then relate to the topic. Engage the students by having them close their eyes and picture themselves in these environments and ask them what they smell, hear, feel, etc Lesson Development Lead the students into an activity where they have to blindly feel certain Earth materials and explain what they feel with adjectives. The



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next step would be either exploring an environment locally (around school grounds) or take a small field trip to a nearby pond, lake, etc. Allowing the students to explore for themselves and actually be in the environment will help them to pick up the vocabulary and the later discussed content a lot more easily. In providing students to construct their own explanations of the concepts, you must allow them to work with classmates to discuss what they have learned and explored so far. The best way to allow students to verbalize what they are putting together in their brain is through group work and projects where they have to present to their classmates. Activities such as these will force students to apply what they have learned so far, in ways that make sense to them. When they share them with the class, this benefits their classmates because of the different ideas each student has. Going beyond simple group activities would then be to challenge the students, causing them to create conclusions and ideas about what they have learned through you, themselves and their classmates. Create activities, projects, etc. in which students are challenged and asked to apply what they have learned to real life experiences. Allow them to draw conclusions from the lesson while comparing and contrasting it to something in their own lives. Ask them open-ended questions and create assessments where they have to write short-answered responses to explain and show what they have learned. To meet the needs of all of your diverse learners would be through the technique of exploration discovery. The best way to provide opportunity for every student to understand the lesson is to allow him or her to explore and make conclusions through that way. Fortunately this lesson is very broad, so adjustments to the activities involved can be easily made. Also, this lesson meets all types of learning styles and levels. Between feeling Earth materials, reading about them, exploring in them on a field trip, and making projects, the need of every student can easily be met. For students that need extra help, there will be extra worksheets which focus less on the broad exploration and more on the content that is being taught. These worksheets will provide students with the extra details that they need to understand the lesson. Lesson Evaluation Through group presentations of environment projects, students will show and prove that they have comprehended what has been taught. Worksheets given during independent practice will test to see if they can apply what they have learned. Students will have met the objective if they score with at least 90% accuracy on the worksheets. Students will prove to me that they have met the objective if they score adequately on the worksheets, have verbally explained what they got out of the lesson, and have shown me through projects using various manipulatives.

L. Ausband 2011