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Integrating Literacy Into the Study of the Earth's Surface
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Seven 45-minute sessions|
Daufuskie Island, South Carolina
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Pond by Gordon Morrison (Houghton Mifflin, 2002)
- Salmon Stream by Carol Reed-Jones (Dawn Publications, 2001)
- River of Life by Debbie S. Miller (Clarion Books, 2000)
- Salamander Rain: A Lake and Pond Journal by Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini (Dawn Publications, 2001)
- The Kingfisher Young People's Book of Oceans by David Lambert (Kingfisher, 2001)
- Clipboards, paper, and pencils
- Index cards
Science journals for students
- What's It Like Where You Live--Ponds and Lakes
- Pond Life Animal Printouts
- Pond Life
- Ponds and Lakes: Lessons from Biologists
- Scholastic: Ocean Life
- Oceans Alive!
- The Sea
- Oceans of the World
- Earth's Oceans
|1.||Gather the books listed in the Materials & Technology section.
|2.||Have available clipboards, paper, and pencils for generating word lists. You should also have index cards and tape available for students to write words on the cards and tape them to the word wall.
|3.||Create a science word wall with the following headings:
|4.||Provide each student with a science journal.
|5.||Divide the class into four or five teams to prepare and perform the Readers Theatre. There are a number of flexible grouping options from which to choose. Knowing your students and the ways they learn best will help you determine which grouping to use.
|6.||Review each of the links listed under Websites. You may choose to use the information from these websites during your initial discussions about each body of water in Sessions 1-5, or have students access them when researching and preparing their Readers Theatre scripts. Make sure that these Web resources are appropriate for your students and find alternatives if necessary. You may want to bookmark selected websites on your classroom or lab computers for students to be able to access easily during the lesson.
|7.||Students should be familiar with Readers Theatre prior to beginning this lesson. If they need an introduction or additional practice, you may use the ReadWriteThink.org lesson "Readers Theatre." Other helpful websites that offer information about Readers Theatre include: