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Let It Grow: An Inquiry-Based Organic Gardening Research Project

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Let It Grow: An Inquiry-Based Organic Gardening Research Project

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Nine 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Loraine Woodard

Loraine Woodard

Berkeley, California


International Literacy Association


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Student Interactives

Calendar Activities


Professional Library



Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Cosmic Oranges: Observation and Inquiry Through Descriptive Writing and Art

Students will eat up this lesson about oranges as they practice the skills that help them investigate and make detailed observations for descriptive purposes.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Nature Study Outdoor Treasure Hunts (with Spanish language option)

Students take a walk on the wild side when they research an animal and create a scavenger hunt activity for their classmates.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Persuasive Essay: Environmental Issues

How can we convince others to agree with us on important issues? In this lesson, students explore relevant environmental issues and gather information to write persuasive essays.


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Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless!


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Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 27

On this day in 1907, Rachel Carson was born.

Students learn about Rachel Carson, explore different environmental websites, and write a Diamante Poem about a particular habitat.


Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 5

In 1952, Paul Fleischman was born on this day.

Some of Fleishman's memories in his essay "My House of Voices" are shared with the class. Students then write a descriptive essay that gives a tour of the voices in their homes, school, etc.


Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 22

Celebrate Earth Day!

In celebration of Earth Day, students research famous environmentalists and write letters to them asking for their opinions on current issues and turn their letters into a poem.


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Grades   3 – 12  |  Printout  |  Graphic Organizer


This printout assists students with generating meaningful questions about a topic and organizing their writing by using a structured guide while researching.


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Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Inquiry at the Window: The Year of the Birds

This science inquiry in a fourth-grade classroom affirms the importance of observation, questioning, reading, and writing to the inquiry process.


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